Why Swisher Hygiene (SWSH) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Swisher Hygiene, Inc.  (SWSH) are up 7.92% to $3.47 after it announced that it received a letter from NASDAQ that said it has regained compliance with a listing rule requiring the company to maintain a minimum closing bid price of $1.00 per share.

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Swisher Hygiene shares had been trading below $1.00 per share until its one-for-ten reverse stock split was issued and became effective at on June 3.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SWISHER HYGIENE INC as a Sell with a ratings score of E+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SWISHER HYGIENE INC (SWSH) a SELL. This is based on a variety of negative investment measures, which should drive this stock to significantly underperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, SWISHER HYGIENE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SWSH's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 65.17%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 20.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$17.24 million to -$13.79 million.
  • SWSH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SWISHER HYGIENE INC is rather high; currently it is at 54.84%. Regardless of SWSH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SWSH's net profit margin of -28.55% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SWSH Ratings Report
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