Icahn Enterprises (IEP) Downgraded From Buy to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Icahn Enterprises  (IEP) 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 ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP (IEP) 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk."

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

  • ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP increased its bottom line by earning $8.98 versus $3.72 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.25%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.11% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of ICAHN ENTERPRISES LP has not done very well: it is down 5.03% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: IEP Ratings Report

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