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"We rate LRAD CORP (LRAD) 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive."
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Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- LRAD 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 5.73, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 370.72% to $2.48 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LRAD CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.73%.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LRAD's share price has jumped by 34.92%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
- Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LRAD CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.93 million to $0.73 million.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: Lrad (LRAD) Downgraded From Buy to Hold
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