Diana Containerships Inc. Stock Upgraded (DCIX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Diana Containerships (Nasdaq: DCIX) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.6%. 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $7.84 million or 9.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 43.27%.
  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1802.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.87 million to -$31.80 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, DIANA CONTAINERSHIPS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Diana Containerships Inc., a shipping company, owns and operates containerships. It is involved in the seaborne transportation activities. As of March 4, 2013, its fleet consisted of 11 Panamax container vessels. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in Athens, Greece. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Diana Containerships has a market cap of $185.1 million and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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.

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