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Why Office Depot (ODP) Stock Is Jumping Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Office Depot (ODP) shares are rocketing, up 18.4% to $4.93 on Tuesday, as investors have reacted positively to the company's announcement that it will close 400 stores.

The company expects to close 21% of its 1,900 U.S. stores by the end of 2016. Office Depot will close 150 by the end of this year, the majority of closings will come in the fourth quarter.

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The office supplies retailer acquired Office Max last year in a $1.2 billion deal.

The company beat analysts earnings estimates by 4 cents, posting 7 cents per diluted share for the quarter in the pre-market release of its earnings report today. Revenue was down 3% to $4.35 billion.

TheStreet Ratings team rates OFFICE DEPOT INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate OFFICE DEPOT INC (ODP) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

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

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 32.9%. 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.
  • 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $12.80 million or 86.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1540.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.32 million to -$120.05 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ODP Ratings Report
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