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-- First Acceptance

(NYSE:

FAC

) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, FAC's share price has jumped by 40.22%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.2%. 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIRST ACCEPTANCE CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.

First Acceptance Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in selling, servicing, and underwriting non-standard personal automobile insurance policies and related products in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance, and Real Estate and Corporate. First Acceptance has a market cap of $102.9 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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