Netflix (NFLX) Stock Gains on Possible Chinese Partnership

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Netflix (NFLX) were gaining 3.1% to $604.86, topping $600 for the first time, Friday morning following reports that the video streaming company is in talks to bring its service to China.

Netflix recently held discussions with multiple companies including the Jack Ma-backed Wasu Media about potentially forming a partnership to enter China, according to Bloomberg. Offering service in China would give Netflix a presence in the country's $5.9 billion online video market.

The company would need a partnership in China due to the Chinese government's strict controls on licensing online content, according to Bloomberg. Netflix is reportedly seeking a partner that already has licenses to stream content to a variety of devices such as PCs, set-top boxes, and mobile phones.

Netflix said company plans "to be nearly global by the end of 2016."

TheStreet's Jim Cramer, portfolio manager of the Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust had this to say: "Netflix is worth a lot more than it is selling for. I like the Stifel report using the plus $700 price tag. The programming is loved all over the world."

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

"We rate NETFLIX INC (NFLX) 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation."

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

  • NFLX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 19.4%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for NETFLIX INC is currently very high, coming in at 83.44%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.50% is above that of the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NETFLIX INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$127.38 million or 450.34% 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: NFLX Ratings Report

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