CTC Media Inc. Stock Downgraded (CTCM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CTC Media (Nasdaq: CTCM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CTCM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CTC MEDIA INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CTCM, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 3.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The share price of CTC MEDIA INC has not done very well: it is down 23.74% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 29.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $64.88 million to $45.50 million.

CTC Media, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent media company in Russia and other CIS markets. CTC Media has a market cap of $1.43 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are down 32.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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