Why Amira Nature Foods (ANFI) Stock Is Climbing Today

Tickers in this article: ANFI

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amira Nature Foods shares are up 17.76% to $15.38 on Tuesday following the release of the company's fourth quarter earnings results after yesterday's close.

The Duba-based packaged Indian rice manufacturer reported earnings of 47 cents per diluted share, 14 cents better than Wall Street estimates.

Revenue for the quarter was $186.6 million, well ahead of analysts $162.2 million forecast.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates AMIRA NATURE FOODS LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMIRA NATURE FOODS LTD (ANFI) 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

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

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 81.81% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 67.80% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Although ANFI had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • The gross profit margin for AMIRA NATURE FOODS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 20.39%. Regardless of ANFI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.98% trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18 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 0.46, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ANFI Ratings Report
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