PAR Technology Corp. Stock Downgraded (PAR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- PAR Technology (NYSE: PAR) 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.5%. 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.
  • PAR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 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 1.08, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • PAR TECHNOLOGY CORP has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, PAR TECHNOLOGY CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.11 versus -$0.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.28 versus -$0.11).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 609.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.71 million to -$3.61 million.
  • The gross profit margin for PAR TECHNOLOGY CORP is rather low; currently it is at 22.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -5.43% is significantly below that of the industry average.
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PAR Technology Corporation provides information technology solutions to organizations and businesses in the hospitality industry worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Hospitality and Government. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. PAR Technology has a market cap of $66.3 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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