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Why Zynga (ZNGA) Is Up in After-Hours Trading Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Zynga  (ZNGA) rose in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the social game maker reported its first-quarter results.

The company posted a net loss of $61 million, which includes a $30 million restructuring charge, down from net income of $4 million in the same quarter one year earlier. Non-GAAP net loss was $6 million, compared to net income of $9 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Diluted net loss per share was 7 cents, while non-GAAP EPS was a loss of 1 cent compared to 1 cent a share in the same period one year earlier. Revenue declined 36% year over year to $168 million.

Zynga also announced in the report that co-founder Mark Pincus would step down from his operational duties as of Wednesday and would instead take on an advisory role. He will remain as Chairman.

The stock was up more than 3.5% in after-market activity.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ZYNGA INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ZYNGA INC (ZNGA) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow."

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

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $7.73 million or 60.90% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ZYNGA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ZYNGA INC is currently very high, coming in at 84.84%. Regardless of ZNGA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ZNGA's net profit margin of -14.31% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 11.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 43.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ZNGA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.35, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ZNGA Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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