Rating Change #9

Cousins Properties ( CUZ) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $9.18 million or 71.36% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for COUSINS PROPERTIES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.20%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -9.00% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, CUZ's share price has jumped by 41.21%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.66, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.

Cousins Properties Incorporated, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services in the United States. Cousins has a market cap of $902.6 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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