International Speedway Corporation Stock Downgraded (ISCA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- International Speedway Corporation (Nasdaq: ISCA) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ISCA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.17, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 47.80% is the gross profit margin for INTL SPEEDWAY CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ISCA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.70% trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, INTL SPEEDWAY CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $66.91 million or 36.36% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

International Speedway Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, promotes motorsports themed entertainment activities in the United States. The company's motorsports themed event operations consist of racing events at its motorsports entertainment facilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 17.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. International Speedway has a market cap of $666.8 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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