Why RadioShack (RSH) Stock Is Plummeting Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of RadioShack Corp. (RSH) are falling by 11.74% to 83 cents in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, after Wedbush Securities said the consumer electronics retailer could file for bankruptcy soon, which would make the stock worthless by the end of the year, Reuters reports.

Wedbush said it expects "creditors will force a reorganization and wipe out RadioShack's equity," Reuters added.

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RadioShack was once a popular place to buy electronics, but Reuters suggests its financial issues began as the company failed to keep up with the likes of Amazon (AMZN) and Wal-Mart (WMT) as a go to spot for mobile phone purchases.

In June, RadioShack reported its ninth straight quarterly loss.

RadioShack attempted to close 1,100 stores this year, but its investors didn't agree with the company's plans, forcing it to limit the number of closings to 200 stores, Reuters noted.

Three weeks ago, RadioShack saw its stock spike after it was reported its major shareholder Standard General LP was discussing providing a rescue financing package that would help the company avoid a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates RADIOSHACK CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RADIOSHACK CORP (RSH) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 127.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$43.30 million to -$98.30 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 8.46 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, RSH has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, RADIOSHACK CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$37.80 million or 323.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 63.51%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 177.14% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RSH Ratings Report

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