Albany Molecular Research Inc Stock Downgraded (AMRI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Albany Molecular Research (Nasdaq: AMRI) 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.49, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.81, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, AMRI's share price has jumped by 32.98%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for ALBANY MOLECULAR RESH INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.86%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 5.90% trails that of 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.51 million to $3.50 million.

Albany Molecular Research, Inc., a contract research and manufacturing company, provides integrated drug discovery, development, and manufacturing services primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Albany Molecular Research has a market cap of $495.8 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 55% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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