NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) were gaining 18.4% to $5.15 Friday after the data storage devices company raised its fourth quarter guidance.

Dot Hill Systems said it now expects earnings of 11 cents to 13 cents a share for the fourth quarter, up from its previous estimates of 7 cents to 12 cents a share. Analysts expect the company to report earnings of 9 cents a share for the quarter.

The company raised its fourth quarter revenue guidance to $67 million to $69 million, up from $62 million to $68 million, and above analysts' estimates of $64.48 million.

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"At the beginning of 2014, we had signaled that we expected revenues for the year to be more back-end loaded than prior years," CEO Dana Kammersgard said. "Consistent with our strategy, revenue growth was largely due to strong traction in our Vertical Markets business in conjunction with our recently launched high density mid-range products."

TheStreet Ratings team rates DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORP (HILL) 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins."

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

  • HILL 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. To add to this, HILL has a quick ratio of 1.68, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORP 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 reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DOT HILL SYSTEMS CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.10 versus -$0.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.16 versus $0.10).
  • HILL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.9%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.88 million or 20.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 97.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.76 million to $0.04 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HILL Ratings Report

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