Lakes Entertainment Inc. Stock Downgraded (LACO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Lakes Entertainment (Nasdaq: LACO) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LACO's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 68.3%. 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.
  • LACO has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • LAKES ENTERTAINMENT 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 not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LAKES ENTERTAINMENT INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.12 versus -$0.07 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.39 million or 63.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 118.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.82 million to -$0.33 million.
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Lakes Entertainment, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, financing, and management of gaming-related properties for the Shingle Springs Tribe, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, and the Jamul Tribe. The company has a P/E ratio of 90, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Lakes Entertainment has a market cap of $95.2 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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