NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- seven Days Group Holdings (NYSE: SVN) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for seven DAYS GROUP HLDGS LTD -ADR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.20%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.00% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has decreased by 20.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $0.84 million to $0.66 million.
  • SVN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that SVN's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 45.1%. 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.

seven Days Group Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries operate limited service economy hotels under the brand name of 'seven Days Inn' in the People's Republic of China. The company provides accommodations and services primarily to business and leisure travelers. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.2, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 33.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Seven Days Group has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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