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What: Shares of Home Inns and Hotels Management
So what: Home Inns beat on both the top and bottom lines as revenue grew 60% to $228.2 million against expectations of just $206.8 million and its $0.34 adjusted EPS topped estimates of $0.31. The company moved forward with its acquisition of Hotel 168, increasing occupancy rates, though that chain still showed a net loss. It also lowered guidance for the 168 chain due to a "softened macroeconomic environment" in the Yangtze Delta region, where those hotels are common. Though overall occupancy rates gained sequentially, they were still down year over year.
Now what: While Home Inns may be one of the more appealing growth plays in China, the recent economic slowdown has banged up the stock, sending shares down about 50% in the last year. Over the long term, this could prove to be a rewarding investment, but with news out today that export growth in China dropped 10% in just a month, it seems the slowdown could be worse than expected. I'll stay away from Home Inns until I see stronger growth in its home market.
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