NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of RadioShack Corp. (RSH) are falling by 15.77% to 23 cents on heavy volume in late afternoon trading on Monday, following a Bloomberg report suggesting the electronics retailer is getting ready to sell almost half of its store leases to Sprint Corp. (S) - Get Report and close the rest.

So far today, 6.49 million shares of RadioShack have exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.53 million shares.

Those stores sold to Sprint would operate under the wireless carrier's name and RadioShack would no longer exist as a standalone company, sources told Bloomberg, adding that the talks still had the potential to break down with no deal being reached.

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There is also the possibility that another bidder could step up and purchase RadioShack and keep it in operation, the sources added.

RadioShack began in 1921 as a mail-order retailer for amateur ham-radio operators and maritime communications officers, Bloomberg added. In later years the store expanded, offering a wider range of electronics and was the place to go in the 1980s for computers and other gadgets.

More recently, however, RadioShack has been losing customer traffic to competitors like Walmart (WMT) - Get Report and e-commerce sites, Bloomberg noted.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates RADIOSHACK CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RADIOSHACK CORP (RSH) 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • RADIOSHACK CORP's earnings per share declined by 42.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RADIOSHACK CORP reported poor results of -$3.89 versus -$1.10 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 2.8% in earnings (-$4.00 versus -$3.89).
  • 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 43.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$112.40 million to -$161.10 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$117.90 million or 204.70% 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 gross profit margin for RADIOSHACK CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.11%. Regardless of RSH's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RSH's net profit margin of -24.77% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 87.91%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 42.34% 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RSH Ratings Report

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