Cherokee Inc. Stock Downgraded (CHKE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cherokee (Nasdaq: CHKE) 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CHKE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.2%. 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 gross profit margin for CHEROKEE INC/DE is rather high; currently it is at 51.24%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.14% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $0.91 million or 46.08% 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has decreased by 21.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2.07 million to $1.62 million.

Cherokee Inc. markets, manages, and licenses fashion and lifestyle brands that it owns or represents for apparel, footwear, home, and accessories worldwide. Cherokee has a market cap of $100 million and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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