Andatee China Marine Fuel (AMCF) Downgraded From Hold to Sell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Andatee China Marine Fuel  (AMCF) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Sell with a ratings score of D+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL (AMCF) 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

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

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.95 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.38, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.64%. Regardless of AMCF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.65% trails the industry average.
  • ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL swung to a loss, reporting -$0.11 versus $0.17 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 3786.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.08 million to $2.91 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMCF Ratings Report

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