Hyatt Hotels Corporation Stock Downgraded (H)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) 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 increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. 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.
  • H's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, H has a quick ratio of 2.49, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for HYATT HOTELS CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.60%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.82% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $27.00 million or 55.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a hospitality company, manages, franchises, owns, and develops Hyatt-branded hotels, resorts, and residential and vacation ownership properties worldwide. As of March 31, 2013, its portfolio consisted of 508 properties in 46 countries. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Hyatt Hotels has a market cap of $1.84 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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