Why Hecla Mining (HL) Stock Is a

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet Ratings team reiterates its "hold" rating on Hecla Mining  (HL) with a ratings score of C-. The stock was up 3.18% to $3.24 at 11:56 a.m. on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HECLA MINING CO (HL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share."

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

  • HL's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 64.5%. 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, HL has a quick ratio of 1.61, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 38.06% is the gross profit margin for HECLA MINING CO which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.25% trails the industry average.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, HL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.86% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HECLA MINING CO underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HL Ratings Report

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