Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Panera Bread

(

PNRA

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Panera Bread as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PNRA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $99.1 million.
  • PNRA is down 2.7% today from today's close.

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More details on PNRA:

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes. The company operates through three segments: Company Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. PNRA has a PE ratio of 36. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Panera Bread a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Panera Bread has been 403,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Panera Bread has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of -0.02 and a short float of 12.8% with 5.28 days to cover. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Panera Bread as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $82.61 million or 14.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PANERA BREAD CO has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.09%.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • PANERA BREAD CO has improved earnings per share by 20.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PANERA BREAD CO reported lower earnings of $5.81 versus $6.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.65 versus $5.81).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.97, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Despite the fact that PNRA's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.67, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.

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