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Choice Hotels International Inc. Stock Downgraded (CHH)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CHH's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 43.74% is the gross profit margin for CHOICE HOTELS INTL INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 15.12% is above that of the industry average.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 11.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $24.45 million to $27.33 million.
  • CHOICE HOTELS INTL INC has improved earnings per share by 9.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHOICE HOTELS INTL INC reported lower earnings of $1.90 versus $2.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects earnings to be in line with last year ($1.90 versus $1.90).

Choice Hotels International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a hotel franchisor worldwide. Choice Hotels International has a market cap of $2.71 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Choice Hotels International Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

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