NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of National Bank of Greece (NBG) rose 6.83% to $1.72 in morning trading Friday after Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras expressed confidence that Greece and the Eurozone would reach an agreement during today's meeting.
Greece has been seeking an extension to its loan agreement, and the nation's leftist prime minister said before Friday's meeting that the parties would come to terms.
"I feel certain that the Greek letter for a six-month extension of the loan agreement with the conditionalities that accompany it will be accepted," Tsipras said in a statement to Reuters.
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The 19 member nations of the Eurogroup met in Brussels on Friday morning at a delayed start time of 10:30 a.m. ET. The delay allowed for more time for preparatory talks among Greek, Eurozone and IMF officials.
A report in German magazine Der Spiegel said the European Central Bank was coming up with contingency plans for a potential Greek exit, or "Grexit," from the Eurozone should the talks fall apart.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke after talks in Paris and said all EU partners hoped to keep Greece in the Eurozone but added that "there is a need for significant improvements in the substance of what is being discussed so that we can vote on it in the German Bundestag, for example next week," Reuters noted.
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 71.35%, 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).
- NBG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.9%. 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