Geeknet Inc. Stock Downgraded (GKNT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Geeknet (Nasdaq: GKNT) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, GKNT has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.05% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry average. The net income has decreased by 10.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$2.12 million to -$2.34 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.96 million or 58.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The gross profit margin for GEEKNET INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.10%. Regardless of GKNT's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GKNT's net profit margin of -11.94% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, GEEKNET INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Geeknet, Inc., through its subsidiary, ThinkGeek, Inc., operates as an online retailer for the global geek community in the United States. The company's community includes technology professionals, technology enthusiasts, and general consumers of technology-oriented and culture goods. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Geeknet has a market cap of $94.5 million and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are down 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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