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The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Food & Beverage industry included BRASILAGRO - CIA Bras de Prop Agricolas ( LND), down 3.1%, Truett-Hurst ( THST), down 2.9%, Agria ( GRO), down 1.8%, China New Borun ( BORN), down 1.7% and G Willi-Food International ( WILC), down 6.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

China New Borun ( BORN) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. China New Borun was down $0.02 (1.7%) to $1.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 63,335 shares of China New Borun exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 58,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.14-$1.18 after having opened the day at $1.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

China New Borun Corporation produces and distributes corn-based edible alcohol in the People's Republic of China. China New Borun has a market cap of $31.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China New Borun as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BORN go as follows:

  • BORN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.0%. 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.
  • BORN's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.45 is sturdy.
  • 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 Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.78 million to $0.95 million.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA NEW BORUN CORP -ADR is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.60%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.10% significantly trails the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: China New Borun Ratings Report

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At the close, Agria ( GRO) was down $0.02 (1.8%) to $1.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,972 shares of Agria exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 36,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.03-$1.07 after having opened the day at $1.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.09.

Agria has a market cap of $58.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Truett-Hurst ( THST) was another company that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. Truett-Hurst was down $0.10 (2.9%) to $3.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,235 shares of Truett-Hurst exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.40-$3.45 after having opened the day at $3.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.50.

Truett-Hurst, Inc. produces, markets, and sells wines primarily in the United States. The company operates through Wholesale, Direct to Consumer, and Internet segments. Truett-Hurst has a market cap of $12.6 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Truett-Hurst a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Truett-Hurst as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on THST go as follows:

  • 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 Beverages industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 203.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.03 million to -$0.10 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.49, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.47%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • TRUETT-HURST INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRUETT-HURST INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.16 versus $0.08 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus -$0.16).
  • Compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, TRUETT-HURST INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Truett-Hurst Ratings Report

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