NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Groupon (Nasdaq:GRPN) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.
Highlights from the ratings report include:
GRPN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 25.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.7%. 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.
GRPN'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 1.15, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, GROUPON INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry average. The net income has decreased by 24.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$64.95 million to -$80.98 million.
Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $65.72 million or 59.16% when compared to the same quart