BRT Realty Trust Stock Upgraded (BRT)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- BRT Realty (NYSE: BRT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BRT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 19.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 134.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.40, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • 41.70% is the gross profit margin for BRT REALTY TRUST which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 41.00% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 4102.43% to $1.64 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BRT REALTY TRUST has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 35.58%.

BRT Realty Trust operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in originating and holding for investment senior and junior mortgage loans secured by commercial and multi-family real estate property. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.7, above the average real estate industry P/E ratio of 14.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. BRT has a market cap of $89.9 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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