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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- ENGlobal (Nasdaq: ENG) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ENGLOBAL CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ENGLOBAL CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.08 versus -$1.12 in the prior year.
  • ENG 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. To add to this, ENG has a quick ratio of 1.65, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 45.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.06 million or 65.13% 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 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has decreased by 6.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $1.94 million to $1.82 million.

ENGlobal Corporation provides engineering and professional services principally to the energy sector in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management; and Automation. ENGlobal has a market cap of $92.4 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 145% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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