Iberiabank Corp Stock Downgraded (IBKC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Iberiabank (Nasdaq: IBKC) 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 expanding profit margins. 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 greatly exceeded the industry average of 16.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the 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 142.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.19 million to $12.56 million.
  • IBERIABANK CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, IBERIABANK CORP reported lower earnings of $1.85 versus $1.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.31 versus $1.85).
  • 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, IBERIABANK 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 -$34.94 million or 276.26% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

IBERIABANK Corporation operates as the holding company for IBERIABANK that provides commercial and retail banking products and services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 21 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Iberiabank has a market cap of $1.38 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 3.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Iberiabank Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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