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State Bank Financial Corp Stock Downgraded (STBZ)

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) -- State Bank Financial (Nasdaq: STBZ) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 100.20%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -4.65% is in-line with the industry average.
  • STBZ, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 28.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP reported lower earnings of $0.69 versus $1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.03 versus $0.69).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of STATE BANK FINANCIAL CORP has not done very well: it is down 17.01% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
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State Bank Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for State Bank and Trust Company that provides various community banking services to individuals and businesses in the middle Georgia and metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. The company has a P/E ratio of 30, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. State Bank Financial has a market cap of $469.4 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

You can view the full State Bank Financial Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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