Knoll Inc. Stock Downgraded (KNL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Knoll (NYSE: KNL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.76, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that KNL's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.69, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • KNL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 96.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $17.49 million to $0.63 million.
  • The share price of KNOLL INC has not done very well: it is down 6.25% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

Knoll, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of furnishings and accessories, textiles, fine leathers, and felt for the workplace and home in the United States, Canada, and Europe. It operates through Office, Studio, and Coverings segments. Knoll has a market cap of $724.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. Shares are down 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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