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- BANCORPSOUTH INC has improved earnings per share by 46.7% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, BANCORPSOUTH INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.44 versus $0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.90 versus $0.44).
- 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 60.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $12.83 million to $20.62 million.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 46.66% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 35.92% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
- 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, BANCORPSOUTH INC'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 $13.31 million or 79.62% 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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