L.S. Starrett Company Stock Downgraded (SCX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- L.S. Starrett Company (NYSE: SCX) 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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 17.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SCX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.61, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 36.68% is the gross profit margin for STARRETT (L.S.) CO 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 2.88% trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, STARRETT (L.S.) CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.41 million or 56.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

The L.S. Starrett Company manufactures and sells industrial, professional, and consumer measuring and cutting tools and related products primarily in North America, Brazil, China, and the United Kingdom. L.S. Starrett has a market cap of $102.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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