Responsys Inc Stock Upgraded (MKTG)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Responsys (Nasdaq: MKTG) 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MKTG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 23.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 26.2%. 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.
  • MKTG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 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 6.12, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • In comparison to the other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, RESPONSYS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Internet Software & Services industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 1.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2.12 million to $2.10 million.
  • Looking at the price performance of MKTG's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 26.66%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

Responsys, Inc. provides on-demand software and professional services primarily in North America, the Asia Pacific, and Europe. The company has a P/E ratio of 86.2, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 57.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Responsys has a market cap of $580.5 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 35.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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