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NASB Financial Inc. Stock Upgraded (NASB)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- NASB Financial (Nasdaq: NASB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 107.12% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, NASB should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market, NASB FINANCIAL INC's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • NASB FINANCIAL INC has improved earnings per share by 14.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NASB FINANCIAL INC swung to a loss, reporting -$2.07 versus $0.80 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 15.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.39 million to $5.06 million.

NASB Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for North American Savings Bank, F.S.B. that provides various banking and financial services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. NASB Financial has a market cap of $153.4 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 81.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full NASB Financial 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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