Cedar Fair LP Stock Downgraded (FUN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 48.2%. 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.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, CEDAR FAIR -LP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CEDAR FAIR -LP 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, CEDAR FAIR -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.79 versus $1.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.35 versus $1.79).
  • 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 66.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$65.42 million to -$109.13 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 72.24 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
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Cedar Fair, L.P. owns and operates amusement and water parks in the United States and Canada. As of February 28, 2013, the company operated 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cedar Fair has a market cap of $2.35 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 26.8% 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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