Heritage Commerce Corp Stock Upgraded (HTBK)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Heritage Commerce (Nasdaq: HTBK) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 25.3%. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Banks industry. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 91.50%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, HTBK's net profit margin of 13.70% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, HTBK's share price has jumped by 32.12%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • 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 10.7% in earnings ($0.25 versus $0.28).

Heritage Commerce Corp. operates as the bank holding company for Heritage Bank of Commerce that provides a range of commercial and personal banking services to residents and the business/professional community in Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties in California. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, 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 $170.9 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 38% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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