Tw Telecom Inc Stock Downgraded (TWTC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- tw telecom inc (Nasdaq: TWTC) 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TWTC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $123.91 million or 11.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -7.97%.
  • The gross profit margin for TW TELECOM INC is rather high; currently it is at 58.23%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.39% is in-line with the industry average.
  • 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 145.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $20.97 million to -$9.43 million.

tw telecom inc. engages in the provision of managed network services in the United States. The company offers data networking, converged, Internet protocol based virtual private network (IP VPN), and Internet access services. Tw telecom inc has a market cap of $4.53 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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