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OneBeacon Insurance Group Ltd. Stock Downgraded (OB)

Editor's Note: 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.

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- OneBeacon Insurance Group (NYSE: OB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ONEBEACON INSURANCE GROUP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 Insurance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 143.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $30.60 million to -$13.30 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$28.70 million or 2.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ONEBEACON INSURANCE GROUP has marginally lower results.
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OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides specialty property and casualty insurance products and services. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. OneBeacon Insurance Group has a market cap of $313.1 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full OneBeacon Insurance Group Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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