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Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. Stock Upgraded (BXMT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Blackstone Mortgage (NYSE: BXMT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • BXMT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 156.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC is currently very high, coming in at 75.35%. Regardless of BXMT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BXMT's net profit margin of 44.12% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 29.17%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 89.64% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC reported lower earnings of $73.00 versus $111.60 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 98.6% in earnings ($1.00 versus $73.00).

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company, primarily focuses on originating mortgage loans backed by commercial real estate assets. Blackstone has a market cap of $723.6 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

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