Fidelity Southern Corp Stock Downgraded (LION)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fidelity Southern (Nasdaq: LION) 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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 26.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 67.32% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 37.35% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. 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 gross profit margin for FIDELITY SOUTHERN CORP is currently very high, coming in at 87.50%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, LION's net profit margin of 15.60% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, FIDELITY SOUTHERN CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Fidelity Southern Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Fidelity Bank that provides financial products and services for business and retail customers primarily in Georgia. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 11.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Fidelity Southern has a market cap of $126.5 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 47.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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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