Carmike Cinemas Inc. Stock Upgraded (CKEC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Carmike Cinemas (Nasdaq: CKEC) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CARMIKE CINEMAS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • CARMIKE CINEMAS INC 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CARMIKE CINEMAS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $5.50 versus -$0.58 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 81.3% in earnings ($1.03 versus $5.50).
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Carmike Cinemas, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a motion picture exhibitor in the United States. The company operates digital cinema and three-D cinema theatres that show films on a first-run basis; and discount theatres primarily serving small to mid-size non-urban markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Carmike Cinemas has a market cap of $314.9 million and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 17.7% 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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