NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Centerstate Banks (Nasdaq: CSFL) 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.
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- The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 31.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- CENTERSTATE BANKS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CENTERSTATE BANKS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.27 versus -$0.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.28 versus $0.27).
- 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 184.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$4.35 million to $3.68 million.
- The gross profit margin for CENTERSTATE BANKS INC is currently very high, coming in at 89.80%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CSFL's net profit margin of 9.00% significantly trails the industry average.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 185.71% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 30.51% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. 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.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff