NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB) - Get Report  shares are retreating 0.29% to $106.95 in Wednesday's pre-market trading session after a U.S. District Judge in Manhattan said that two shareholder class action lawsuits against the social networking company can now proceed.

Specifically, retail and institutional shareholders alleged that Facebook was hiding growth concerns before its IPO in May 2012, Reuters reports. They detailed that Facebook took out information about revised revenue forecasts.

Investors claimed they lost money by buying Facebook shares at inflated costs.

In response, Facebook is appealing, noting that class certification is "without merit" and conflicts with "well-settled" precedent," Reuters added.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:

We rate FACEBOOK INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. This is driven by a number of 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • FB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 9.96, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 75.64% to $2,192.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FACEBOOK INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 3.05%.
  • FACEBOOK INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, FACEBOOK INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.10 versus $0.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.17 versus $1.10).
  • The gross profit margin for FACEBOOK INC is currently very high, coming in at 94.80%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.90% trails the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FB