R F Industries (RFIL) Downgraded From Buy to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- R F Industries  (RFIL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate R F INDUSTRIES LTD (RFIL) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow."

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

  • RFIL 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 7.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 47.67% is the gross profit margin for R F INDUSTRIES LTD which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.71% is above that of the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 41.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.39 million or 49.90% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, R F INDUSTRIES LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RFIL Ratings Report

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