Cablevision Systems Corp Stock Downgraded (CVC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 128.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $57.25 million to -$16.14 million.
  • CABLEVISION SYS 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CABLEVISION SYS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.16 versus $0.84 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.35 versus $0.16).
  • CVC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 47.30% is the gross profit margin for CABLEVISION SYS CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of CVC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CVC's net profit margin of -1.05% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.
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Cablevision Systems Corporation provides telecommunications and media services. It operates in two segments, Telecommunications Services and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 128.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cablevision Systems has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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