J. Alexander's Corporation Stock Upgraded (JAX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- J. Alexander's Corporation (Nasdaq: JAX) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. 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, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JAX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.32, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 287.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.06 million to $0.22 million.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 300.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 114.60% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • J. ALEXANDER'S CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, J. ALEXANDER'S CORP reported lower earnings of $0.15 versus $0.46 in the prior year.

J. Alexander's Corporation operates casual dining restaurants in the United States. The company's restaurants offer American menu. As of March 16, 2012 it operated 33 J. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.6, above the average leisure industry P/E ratio of 36.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. J. Alexander's has a market cap of $85.8 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 128.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: 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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