Solar Capital Ltd. Stock Downgraded (SLRC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Solar Capital (Nasdaq: SLRC) 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 expanding profit margins. 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:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1018.68% to $99.04 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SOLAR CAPITAL LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -78.22%.
  • The gross profit margin for SOLAR CAPITAL LTD is rather high; currently it is at 64.41%. Regardless of SLRC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SLRC's net profit margin of 42.13% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • SLRC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.2%. 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $35.81 million to $13.75 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, SOLAR CAPITAL LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Solar Capital Ltd. is a business development company specializing in investments in leveraged middle market companies. Solar has a market cap of $906.6 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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