Vornado Realty Trust Stock Downgraded (VNO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Vornado Realty (NYSE: VNO) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $344.79 million or 39.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.47%.
  • VNO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 57.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $241.31 million to $103.37 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, VORNADO REALTY TRUST underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Vornado has a market cap of $16.47 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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