Heritage Commerce Corp Stock Downgraded (HTBK)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Heritage Commerce (Nasdaq: HTBK) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 31.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.58 million to $2.08 million.
  • HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.28 versus -$5.02 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 14.3% in earnings ($0.24 versus $0.28).
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.15 million or 524.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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Heritage Commerce Corp operates as a bank holding company for the Heritage Bank of Commerce that provides various commercial and personal banking services to residents and the business/professional community located in Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties of California. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Heritage has a market cap of $172.4 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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