Capital City Bank Group Inc. Stock Upgraded (CCBG)

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

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for CAPITAL CITY BK GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 88.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CCBG's net profit margin of 3.10% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, CCBG has outperformed against the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, CCBG has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • 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 Commercial Banks industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.98 million to $1.12 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 Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CAPITAL CITY BK GROUP INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
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Capital City Bank Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Capital City Bank that provides commercial and retail banking products and services. Its deposit products include NOW accounts, money market accounts, checking and savings accounts, and time deposits. Capital City Bank Group has a market cap of $179.6 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 10.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Capital City Bank Group Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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