Winthrop Realty Trust Inc. Stock Downgraded (FUR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Winthrop Realty (NYSE: FUR) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.5%. 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.
  • WINTHROP REALTY TRUST has experienced 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, WINTHROP REALTY TRUST increased its bottom line by earning $0.45 versus $0.33 in the prior year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, WINTHROP REALTY TRUST's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $7.43 million or 63.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Winthrop Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership and management of real property and real estate-related assets. Winthrop has a market cap of $406.8 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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