Dealertrack Technologies Inc Stock Downgraded (TRAK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dealertrack Technologies (Nasdaq: TRAK) 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, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TRAK's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 16.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.9%. 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 $41.60 million or 48.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.09%.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, TRAK's share price has jumped by 39.95%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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 Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 842.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.50 million to -$3.71 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, DEALERTRACK TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Dealertrack Technologies, Inc. provides Web-based software solutions to the automotive retail industry in the United States and Canada. Dealertrack has a market cap of $2.05 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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