Marcus Corporation Stock Downgraded (MCS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) 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, reasonable valuation levels 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 weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MCS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.7%. 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.
  • MARCUS 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, MARCUS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.78 versus $0.46 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.84 versus $0.78).
  • The gross profit margin for MARCUS CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.46% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.86 million or 68.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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The Marcus Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates movie theatres, and hotels and resorts. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Marcus has a market cap of $225.2 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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