Central Bancorp Inc. Stock Downgraded (CEBK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Central Bancorp (Nasdaq: CEBK) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CENTRAL BANCORP INC/MA has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CENTRAL BANCORP INC/MA swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.69 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 304.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.24 million to -$0.48 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CENTRAL BANCORP INC/MA underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.43 million or 70.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 70.82%, CENTRAL BANCORP INC/MA is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -153.77%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 8.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

Central Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Central Co-operative Bank, which provides a range of banking products and services in the northwestern suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Central has a market cap of $52.8 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 87.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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