CSR PLC Stock Downgraded (CSRE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CSR (Nasdaq: CSRE) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, CSRE's share price has jumped by 81.07%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • CSRE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The gross profit margin for CSR PLC is rather high; currently it is at 54.43%. 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 -36.52% is in-line with the industry average.
  • CSR PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CSR PLC swung to a loss, reporting -$1.20 versus $1.03 in the prior year.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 217.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $64.65 million to -$76.06 million.

CSR plc, a fabless semiconductor company, designs and develops semiconductor integrated circuits and software solutions in the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, the Americas, and Asia. CSR has a market cap of $1.97 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 21.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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