Crown Media Holdings Inc. Stock Downgraded (CRWN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Crown Media Holdings (Nasdaq: CRWN) 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, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CRWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 33.33% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 38.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 16.98% trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 18.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $12.27 million to $14.53 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$5.98 million or 23.98% 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.
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Crown Media Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Crown Media United States, LLC, owns, operates, and distributes pay television networks for adults and families primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Crown Media has a market cap of $740.9 million and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Crown Media Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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