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Capital City Bank Group Inc. Stock Downgraded (CCBG)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Capital City Bank Group (Nasdaq: CCBG) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 37.61%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 187.50% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, CCBG is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Banks industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 188.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.31 million to -$1.16 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CAPITAL CITY BK GROUP INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $14.23 million or 50.43% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • CAPITAL CITY BK GROUP INC has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CAPITAL CITY BK GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.29 versus -$0.02 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 120.7% in earnings (-$0.06 versus $0.29).

Capital City Bank Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Capital City Bank that provides commercial and retail banking products and services. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.6, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Capital City Bank Group has a market cap of $114.7 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 29.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Capital City Bank Group Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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