Stratasys (SSYS) Downgraded From Buy to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stratasys  (SSYS) 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 STRATASYS LTD (SSYS) 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 robust revenue growth, 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, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share."

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

  • SSYS's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 62.1%. 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.
  • SSYS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SSYS has a quick ratio of 2.44, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 44.72% is the gross profit margin for STRATASYS LTD which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SSYS's net profit margin of -15.38% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of STRATASYS LTD has not done very well: it is down 8.65% 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 372.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$6.63 million to -$31.33 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SSYS Ratings Report

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