NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Strategic Hotels and Resorts (BEE) was downgraded to "hold" from "buy" at Canaccord Genuity this morning. The firm's price target on the stock was lowered to $14.25 from $15.

Strategic Hotels announced this morning that it would be bought by Blackstone Group LP (BX) - Get Report for $14.25 per share in an all-cash transaction. The price is below Canaccord's expectations. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, according to the firm.

The deal occurred quicker than Canaccord had predicted. Had it taken more time, the firm says, the price would have been slightly higher due to rising cash flows.

"As Strategic Hotels launched a formal sale process, we don't expect any other bidders to materialize going forward," Canaccord said in a note. "We would not be surprised, however, to see Blackstone flip some of the trophy hotels to a buyer like Cascade, which owns almost 10% of Strategic Hotels shares."

Shares of Strategic Hotels were up by 0.11% to $14.09 in high volume trading on Wednesday morning.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates STRATEGIC HOTELS & RESORTS as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STRATEGIC HOTELS & RESORTS (BEE) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, 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 its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.8%. 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.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • STRATEGIC HOTELS & RESORTS 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, STRATEGIC HOTELS & RESORTS turned its bottom line around by earning $0.68 versus -$0.11 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 64.0% in earnings ($0.25 versus $0.68).
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 92.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $88.01 million to $6.70 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, STRATEGIC HOTELS & RESORTS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BEE Ratings Report