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KEMET Corp.

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Ratings Distribution as of August 21, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 145 74.4%
Neutral 49 25.1%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 195 100%
% with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 23 88.5%
Neutral 3 11.5%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 26 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect “Buy” rated stocks to have an above-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors buy the securities at the current valuation.
  • Neutral: We generally believe “Neutral” rated stocks will have an average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months.
  • Sell: We generally expect “Sell” rated stocks to have a below-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors reduce their positions until the valuation or fundamentals become more compelling.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Distribution/Sales Dependency - The Company relies heavily on its indirect sales channel for much of its sales. A loss of a major distributor or changes in a distributor's payment practices could prove to be detrimental to future sales growth.
  • Execution - Management may not execute well on its restructuring efforts as it allocates capital and human resources towards acquisitions and related integration, possibly resulting in lower margins and cash flow.
  • Financial Results - Any slow down or other changes in the capital spending pattern of the industry may negatively affect the Company's sales.
  • Financial Results - The Company has a history of operating losses. Although the Company is focused on achieving profitability, there are no assurances that the Company will meet its goals or be able to sustain profitability in future periods.
  • Financial Results - The Company has raised money via public offerings several times in the past and may need to do so again if it can not sustain positive cash flow.
  • Financial Results - The Company's business is affected by the general IT spending environment especially as customers delay purchases of IT equipment.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Freight costs - Increases in freight costs caused by high gasoline prices or other factors could cause margin erosion or lost market share if the Company raises prices.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • Industry Change - The industry is subject to rapid technological change.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Inventory risk - Depending on market conditions, the Company's gross margins could come under pressure if market prices quickly fall within a three to five week time frame.
  • Liquidity and Solvency - The Company has a significant debt load and interest expense, which may hamper its ability to invest in the business. Also, the Company may need to raise additional capital in the future and access to such capital is difficult to predict.
  • Litigation - The industry is litigious and the Company is likely to be involved in lawsuits, whether future or current. Negative results in these cases could result in significant cash payments by the Company.
  • Natural Hazards - The Company's operations are located in an area prone to natural hazards. Damage to the area would impair the Company's ability to fill orders from customers and distributors.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Product Concentration - A large percentage of the Company's revenues are from one line of products. Any weakness in those sales would have a significant negative impact on the Company's results.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.

Additional Risks and Considerations

    • The company may not realize the anticipated synergies and revenue expansion expected to result from completing the acquisition of NEC TOKIN and it may experience difficulties integrating NEC TOKIN's business which may adversely affect its financial performance.
    • The company is currently subject to increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation that may negatively impact its business.
    • The company must consistently reduce the total costs of its products to remain competitive.
    • K Equity may obtain significant influence over all matters submitted to a stockholder vote, which may limit the ability of other shareholders to influence corporate activities and may adversely affect the market price of the company's common stock.