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Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Stock Downgraded (ROIC)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Retail Opportunity Investments (Nasdaq: ROIC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ROIC's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 17.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 66.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4.11 million or 1.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVTS CP's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 25.82%.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 81.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.18 million to $1.13 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVTS CP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, ownership, and management of necessity-based community and neighborhood shopping centers in the eastern and western regions of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 120.5, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 109.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Retail Opportunity Investments has a market cap of $606.7 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

You can view the full Retail Opportunity Investments Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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