Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Stock Downgraded (OEH)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Orient-Express Hotels (NYSE: OEH) 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • OEH's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 33.29% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. 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 debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.71, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.73 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS is rather high; currently it is at 55.22%. Regardless of OEH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.16% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the hotel and travel businesses. The company operates in three segments: Hotels and Restaurants, Tourist Trains and Cruises, and Real Estate. Orient-Express Hotels has a market cap of $1.25 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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