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Landmark Bancorp Inc. Stock Downgraded (LARK)

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Landmark Bancorp (Nasdaq:LARK) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. 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 disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.3%. 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 LANDMARK BANCORP INC/KS is currently very high, coming in at 91.30%. 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 5.68% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, LANDMARK BANCORP INC/KS's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.59 million or 66.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Landmark Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Landmark National Bank that provides financial products and services to small- and medium-sized businesses, and consumers. Landmark has a market cap of $61.5 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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