Sky-mobi Ltd. Stock Upgraded (MOBI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sky-mobi (Nasdaq: MOBI) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 114.28% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 51.59% 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 155.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.90 million to $4.86 million.
  • 37.40% is the gross profit margin for SKY-MOBI LTD -ADR which we consider to be strong. 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 18.59% trails the industry average.
  • SKY-MOBI LTD -ADR reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, SKY-MOBI LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $0.09 versus $0.17 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 63.3% in earnings ($0.03 versus $0.09).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, SKY-MOBI LTD -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Sky-mobi Limited operates a mobile application store in China. The company works with handset companies to pre-install its Maopao mobile application store on handsets and with content developers to provide users with applications and content titles. The company has a P/E ratio of 332, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Sky-mobi has a market cap of $103.9 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 66.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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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