Intuitive Surgical Inc Stock Downgraded (ISRG)

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

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ISRG has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.91, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 71.53%. Regardless of ISRG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.53% trails the industry average.
  • ISRG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.0%. 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 76.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $188.90 million to $44.30 million.
  • The share price of INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC has not done very well: it is down 24.28% 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, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $14.23 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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