Why Restoration Hardware (RH) Stock Is Higher Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Restoration Hardware Holdings  (RH) are up 2.86% to $89.55 after Bank of America (BAC) upgraded its rating to 'buy' from 'neutral,' and raised its price target to $110.00 from $85.00, citing the retailer's real estate strategy towards larger design galleries.

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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates RESTORATION HARDWARE HOLDINGS as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate RESTORATION HARDWARE HOLDINGS (RH) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including premium valuation and weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RESTORATION HARDWARE HOLDINGS has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, RESTORATION HARDWARE HOLDINGS turned its bottom line around by earning $0.42 versus -$0.34 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.30 versus $0.42).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.40, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.10 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$57.22 million or 191.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RH Ratings Report
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