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In a report published Thursday, Brean Capital analyst Todd Mitchell reiterated a Hold rating on Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC).

In the report, Brean Capital noted, “Cablevision was able to report strong upside to consensus estimates for 4Q13 EBITDA and FCF. Results were driven by increased pricing discipline, an easy comp versus hurricane Sandy, and likely confusion for the company's core profitability given the company's consistently inconsistent financial disclosure over the past two years. We recognize the existence of some positive trends here. Cablevision has been able to mitigate churn, while driving solid ARPU gains, and a recovery in margins is driving a return to more normalized EBITDA margins and strong FCF yields.

"However, a return to more normal levels of profitability does not change our opinion that the company will continue to be challenged by already industry leading levels of service penetration, a strong regional competitor, very high levels of debt, and a market that we believe overestimates the company's strategic M&A value in a consolidation scenario. As a result, we are maintaining our Hold rating on shares of CVC.”

Cablevision Systems closed on Wednesday at $17.26.

Latest Ratings for CVC

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2014CitigroupMaintainsNeutral
Nov 2014WunderlichMaintainsHold
Sep 2014Canaccord GenuityInitiates Coverage onHold

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