Cincinnati Bell Inc Stock Downgraded (CBB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CBB has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.54% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $57.70 million or 36.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for CINCINNATI BELL INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.70%. Regardless of CBB's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year.
  • CINCINNATI BELL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, CINCINNATI BELL INC reported lower earnings of $0.01 versus $0.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus $0.01).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income increased by 67.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$30.40 million to -$9.80 million.
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Cincinnati Bell Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunications and technology services. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cincinnati Bell has a market cap of $643.2 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 40.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Cincinnati Bell Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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