NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Alaska Communications Systems (ALSK) - Get Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. Report were gaining 45.2% to $1.80 Friday after the company announced it will sell its remaining wireless assets to General Communication, Inc. (GNCMA) .

GCI will pay $300 million to acquire about 109,000 wireless subscribers and a 33% interest in Alaska Wireless Network when the deal closes. GCI will own 100% of Alaska Wireless Network after the deal closes.

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

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"We are pleased to reach these agreements that allow each company to pursue its own strategy," Alaska Communications president and CEO Anand Vadapalli and GCI president and CEO Ron Duncan said in a joint statement. "We are committed to a seamless service transition for wireless customers. Alaskans will continue to benefit from a vibrant competitive market for wireless services."

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TheStreet Ratings team rates ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYS GP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYS GP (ALSK) 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."

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

  • 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 98.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $122.00 million to $1.88 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.08 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, ALSK has a quick ratio of 0.70, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYS GP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 42.48%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 98.07% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYS GP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYS GP increased its bottom line by earning $2.72 versus $0.35 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 97.0% in earnings ($0.08 versus $2.72).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ALSK Ratings Report

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