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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) 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, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MAC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.4%. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 228.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$14.07 million to $18.09 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, MACERICH CO's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for MACERICH CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.50%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.48% significantly trails the industry average.
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The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Macerich has a market cap of $9.06 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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