Jamba Inc. Stock Upgraded (JMBA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Jamba (Nasdaq: JMBA) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and unimpressive growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JMBA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.78 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for JAMBA INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.54%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.39% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.87 million or 116.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Jamba, Inc., through its subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, owns, operates, and franchises Jamba Juice stores. Jamba has a market cap of $223.1 million and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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