Virginia Commerce Bancorp Stock Upgraded (VCBI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Virginia Commerce Bancorp (Nasdaq: VCBI) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving 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 29.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6.57 million to $8.49 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VIRGINIA COMM BANCORP INC is currently very high, coming in at 74.50%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.50% is above that of the industry average.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 47.18% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • VIRGINIA COMM BANCORP INC has improved earnings per share by 23.5% 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 two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VIRGINIA COMM BANCORP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.57 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 2.9% in earnings ($0.68 versus $0.70).
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Virginia Commerce Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Virginia Commerce Bank that provides business and consumer banking services in Northern Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Virginia has a market cap of $281.6 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 15% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- 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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