Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Stock Downgraded (FDP)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fresh Del Monte Produce (NYSE: FDP) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FDP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • FDP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.07, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 72.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $23.50 million to $6.40 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, FRESH DEL MONTE PRODUCE INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. engages in production, marketing, and distribution of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables worldwide. Fresh Del Monte Produce has a market cap of $1.44 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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