Groupon Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (GRPN)

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.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Groupon (Nasdaq: GRPN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C-. 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GRPN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 25.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.7%. 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.
  • GRPN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 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 1.15, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, GROUPON INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income has decreased by 24.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$64.95 million to -$80.98 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $65.72 million or 59.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Groupon, Inc. operates as a local commerce marketplace that connects merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America and internationally. The company also offers deals on products for which it acts as the merchant of record. Groupon has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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