NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of National Bank of Greece (NBG) continued to decline and touched a 52-week low of $1.29 in morning trading Tuesday as negative reaction continued to the nation's election on Sunday.
The Greek population elected Syriza party leader Alexis Tsipras as prime minister and brought the Syriza party to power in the nation's government. Tsipras has pledged to stop Greece's austerity cutbacks and renegotiate the debt repayment plan to which the nation already agreed under the previous regime.
Investors remain concerned about the pressure Tsipras' leadership could put on relations between Greece and other members of the Eurozone currency bloc.
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The German government has already announced it would not be receptive to a third debt restructuring agreement with Greece, but it did allow for a possible extension of Greece's current debt repayment agreement.
The stock was down 12.9% to $1.35 at 11:32 a.m. More than 11.1 million shares had changed hands, compared to the daily average volume of 4,351,300.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE (NBG) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, 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. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- NBG's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 70.23%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
- NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE turned its bottom line around by earning $1.98 versus -$27.80 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 71.7% in earnings ($0.56 versus $1.98).
- The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 9.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$92.93 million to -$83.82 million.
- 36.50% is the gross profit margin for NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE which we consider to be strong. 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 -5.49% is in-line with the industry average.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBG Ratings Report