NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Intel (INTC) shares are down 1.21% to $30.18 in early market trading on Monday as the company announced major changes to its management team on Thursday afternoon.

The company announced that President Renee James, who has spent 25 years with the company, will be stepping down from her role in January 2016 to pursue a CEO role at another unnamed company.

Additionally, the company announced that Arvind Sodhani, president of the company's mergers and acquisition arm Intel Capital, will be retiring in January, ending a 35-year career.

The company believes that the management shift will allow Intel to ""become more efficient in order to deliver the benefits of our strategy even faster than before," said CEO Brian Krzanich.

TheStreet Ratings team rates INTEL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate INTEL CORP (INTC) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

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

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 5.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.18, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INTEL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INTEL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 76.42%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.58% trails the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: INTC Ratings Report