Vishay Precision Group Inc. Stock Downgraded (VPG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG) 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.0%. 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.
  • VPG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, VPG has a quick ratio of 2.47, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 42.59% is the gross profit margin for VISHAY PRECISION GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.81% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 78.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.17 million to $1.13 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. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, VISHAY PRECISION GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets components based on resistive foil technology, sensors, and sensor-based systems in the United States, the United Kingdom, other Europe, Israel, and Asia. Vishay Precision Group has a market cap of $199.3 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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