Glu Mobile (GLUU) Stock Gains on Insider Buys

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Glu Mobile (GLUU) were gaining 6.4% to $3.97 Monday following several insider buys.

Director Lorne Abony disclosed the purchase of 50,000 shares of the mobile game publisher on Thursday, Dec. 4 at $3.52 a share. Abony also purchased 224,050 shares of Glu Mobile for $3.70 a share on Friday, Dec. 5.

Director Eric Ball also purchased 5,000 shares of Glu Mobile on Thursday, Dec. 4 at $3.50 a share.

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Glu Mobile's popular free-to-play game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood generated $43.3 million in sales from its release on June 27 to the end of September, according to a recent report from Variety. The game is currently ranked ninth in Apple's (AAPL) Top Grossing apps list.

TheStreet Ratings team rates GLU MOBILE INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate GLU MOBILE INC (GLUU) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year."

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

  • GLUU's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 26.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 198.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GLUU 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. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.33, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for GLU MOBILE INC is rather high; currently it is at 61.24%. Regardless of GLUU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 16.05% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, GLU MOBILE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, GLUU has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GLUU Ratings Report

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