Universal Health Realty Income Trust Stock Downgraded (UHT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Universal Health Realty Income (NYSE: UHT) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, UHT's share price has jumped by 47.43%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • UHT's revenue growth trails the industry average of 16.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. 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.
  • 36.80% is the gross profit margin for UNIVERSAL HEALTH RLTY INCOME which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 23.70% trails the industry average.
  • UNIVERSAL HEALTH RLTY INCOME 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, UNIVERSAL HEALTH RLTY INCOME reported lower earnings of $1.54 versus $5.83 in the prior year.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 64.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9.51 million to $3.43 million.
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Universal Health Realty Income Trust operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 37, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Universal Health Realty Income has a market cap of $723.3 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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