NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Caterpillar (CAT - Get Report) stock is falling by 7.14% to $65.19 in early morning trading on Thursday, after the company reduced its 2015 revenue guidance to $48 billion from $49 billion.
The construction and mining equipment manufacturer also expects its 2016 revenue to decline 5% year-over-year.
Additionally, Caterpillar announced a cost cutting plan that will lower annual costs by about $1.5 billion.
The company will begin its cost reducing plan with about 4,000 to 5,000 job cuts through the end of 2016, and another potential 10,000 through 2018.
Caterpillar also plans to close about 20 facilities, or 10% of its manufacturing square footage, and consolidate operations.
TheStreet's Jim Cramer, Portfolio Manager of the Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust portfolio, has this to say about Caterpillar: "The end markets are simply abysmal and CAT is taking the right action as I do not expect a turn in oil and gas and mining two key business lines for this great American manufacturer. I would not buy the stock because I am sure people will question the sustainability of the dividend."
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CATERPILLAR INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CATERPILLAR INC (CAT) 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 reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- 35.04% is the gross profit margin for CATERPILLAR INC which we consider to be strong. 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 5.76% trails the industry average.
- 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 Machinery industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CATERPILLAR INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
- Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $2,088.00 million or 6.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 6.66%, CATERPILLAR INC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.94%.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.24 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CAT maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.95, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: CAT