NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS - Get Report) were up 1.74% to 10.51 today as the bank reached an agreement to end the U.K. Treasury's dividend access share, bringing the company a step closer to paying dividends, Bloomberg reports.
"The DAS retirement agreement sets out the process for removal of the DAS, a key element of the government's 2009 capital injection into RBS," the bank said today.
The bank is 80% owned by the British government and is the largest government-owned lender.
TheStreet Ratings team rates ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP (RBS) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- 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 248.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4,079.45 million to -$14,234.11 million.
- 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. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP 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. 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, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP reported poor results of -$2.68 versus -$1.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($84.29 versus -$2.68).
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, RBS's share price has jumped by 25.51%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in RBS do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. 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.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: RBS Ratings Report