HealthStream Inc. Stock Downgraded (HSTM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- HealthStream (Nasdaq: HSTM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy 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 disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HSTM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 21.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 27.9%. 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.
  • HSTM has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.63, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • HEALTHSTREAM INC's earnings per share declined by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HEALTHSTREAM INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.30 versus $0.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.31 versus $0.30).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Health Care Technology industry and the overall market, HEALTHSTREAM INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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HealthStream, Inc. provides Internet-based learning and research solutions in the United States. The company operates in two segments, HealthStream Learning and HealthStream Research. The company has a P/E ratio of 97.8, equal to the average internet industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. HealthStream has a market cap of $742.3 million and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 53.7% 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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