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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Crossamerica Partners (CAPL) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Sell to Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP (CAPL) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- CAPL's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 20.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 69.7%. 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 its closing price of one year ago, CAPL's share price has jumped by 34.94%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
- The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 15.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $4.92 million to $4.16 million.
- CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP's earnings per share declined by 36.4% 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, CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.19 versus $0.23 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 52.9% in earnings ($0.56 versus $1.19).
- The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, CAPL has a quick ratio of 0.59, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: CAPL Ratings Report