Koppers Holdings Inc. Stock Downgraded (KOP)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Koppers Holdings (NYSE: KOP) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 123.17% to $52.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KOPPERS HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 7.86%.
  • KOP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.8%. 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 Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 130.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.60 million to -$4.10 million.
  • The share price of KOPPERS HOLDINGS INC has not done very well: it is down 11.43% 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.

Koppers Holdings Inc. produces and sells carbon compounds and commercial wood treatment products and services to aluminum, railroad, specialty chemical, utility, rubber, concrete, and steel industries. It operates in two segments, Carbon Materials & Chemicals and Railroad & Utility Products. Koppers has a market cap of $751.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 19.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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