Boulder Brands Inc Stock Downgraded (BDBD)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Boulder Brands (Nasdaq: BDBD) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.82, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.81 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 88.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.96 million to $0.47 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.16 million or 381.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Boulder Brands Inc. provides health and wellness food solutions in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Natural and Smart Balance. Boulder has a market cap of $809.3 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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