Why Mobile Telesystems (MBT) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Mobile Telesystems (MBT) was falling 5.8% to $16.72 Wednesday after Sistema chairman Vladimir Yevtushenkov was placed under house arrest for suspicion of money laundering.

Sistema has a 53.46% stake in the Russian telecom, giving it an effective ownership stake in the company. Yevtushenkov was accused of laundering money connected to his company acquiring oil producer Bashneft, according to Reuters.

Mobile Telesystems said that is has nothing to do with the investigation of Yevtushenkov. The telecom said the investigation "doesn't interfere" with its operational activities.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC (MBT) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 61.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.9%. 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.
  • MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC's earnings per share declined by 13.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC increased its bottom line by earning $2.34 versus $1.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($67.04 versus $2.34).
  • Despite the current debt-to-equity ratio of 1.56, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.94 is weak.
  • The gross profit margin for MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC is currently very high, coming in at 72.52%. Regardless of MBT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MBT's net profit margin of 20.94% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: MBT Ratings Report

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