The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Food & Beverage industry included Reliv' International ( RELV), down 4.8%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 2.0%, Aoxin Tianli Group ( ABAC), down 3.1%, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT), down 4.1% and Reeds ( REED), down 2.4%.

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

Reeds ( REED) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. Reeds was down $0.14 (2.4%) to $5.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 51,435 shares of Reeds exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.49-$5.85 after having opened the day at $5.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.78.

Reed's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells natural non-alcoholic carbonated soft drinks, Kombucha, candies, and ice creams in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Reeds has a market cap of $76.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Reeds a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Reeds as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on REED go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • REEDS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, REEDS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.06 versus -$0.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.07 versus -$0.06).
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Beverages industry average. The net income has decreased by 23.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$0.22 million to -$0.27 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.49 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.36, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Reeds Ratings Report

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At the close, RiceBran Technologies ( RIBT) was down $0.12 (4.1%) to $2.78 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,415 shares of RiceBran Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.75-$2.89 after having opened the day at $2.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.90.

RiceBran Technologies engages in processing and marketing of healthy, natural, and nutrient dense products that are derived from raw rice. RiceBran Technologies has a market cap of $27.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 30.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates RiceBran Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates RiceBran Technologies as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RIBT 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.87 million to -$3.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19 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 0.45, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RICEBRAN TECHNOLOGIES is rather low; currently it is at 17.71%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -31.07% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.97 million or 26.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • RIBT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 42.95%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: RiceBran Technologies Ratings Report

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Reliv' International ( RELV) was another company that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. Reliv' International was down $0.06 (4.8%) to $1.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,414 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.20-$1.28 after having opened the day at $1.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.26.

Reliv' International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional supplements that promote basic nutrition, wellness needs, weight management, and sports nutrition. Reliv' International has a market cap of $15.8 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reliv' International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • RELV's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RELV'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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.90 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future 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. When compared to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RELV has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.07% from its price level of one year ago. 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Reliv' International Ratings Report

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