FBR & Co Stock Upgraded (FBRC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- FBR (Nasdaq: FBRC) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 26.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 43.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 79.06% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 83.33% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • FBR & CO 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, FBR & CO reported poor results of -$0.84 versus -$0.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.03 versus -$0.84).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Capital Markets industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 87.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$26.14 million to -$3.36 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, FBR & CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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FBR & Co., through its subsidiaries, provides investment banking, institutional brokerage, and asset management services primarily in the United States. FBR has a market cap of $186.5 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full FBR 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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