Westamerica Bancorporation Stock Downgraded (WABC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Westamerica (Nasdaq: WABC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for WESTAMERICA BANCORPORATION is currently very high, coming in at 93.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.40% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 17.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income has decreased by 10.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $22.43 million to $20.02 million.
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Westamerica Bancorporation operates as the bank holding company for Westamerica Bank that provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers in northern and central California. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Westamerica has a market cap of $1.23 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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