Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO) Downgraded From Buy to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Bio-Rad Laboratories  (BIO) 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 BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC (BIO) 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 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year."

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

  • BIO's revenue growth trails the industry average of 21.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.2%. 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.
  • BIO's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, BIO has a quick ratio of 2.14, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.14%. Regardless of BIO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.89% trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 8.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $34.60 million to $31.63 million.
  • 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 Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BIO Ratings Report

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