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Global Eagle Entertainment Inc Stock Upgraded (ENT)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq: ENT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell 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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ENT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 31.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 114.3%. 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.
  • ENT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.05 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, ENT has a quick ratio of 1.60, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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 significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 277.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.09 million to -$26.80 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, GLOBAL EAGLE ENTERTAINMENT's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. provides in-flight video content, e-commerce, and information services for airlines worldwide. Global Eagle Entertainment has a market cap of $372.6 million and is part of the conglomerates sector and conglomerates industry. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Global Eagle Entertainment Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

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