NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Entertainment Properties (NYSE: EPR) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.
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- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 1839850.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.00 million to $36.80 million.
- EPR's revenue growth trails the industry average of 16.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.86, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.
- The gross profit margin for ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES TR is rather high; currently it is at 69.30%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 46.40% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff