Bravo Brio Restaurant Group Inc. Stock Downgraded (BBRG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (Nasdaq: BBRG) 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, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.7%. 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.
  • BBRG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.15 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.25 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The gross profit margin for BRAVO BRIO RESTAURANT GP INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.98%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.30% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income has decreased by 11.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $5.12 million to $4.54 million.

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Italian dining restaurants in the United States. Bravo Brio Restaurant Group has a market cap of $308.8 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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