CBRE Group Inc Stock Upgraded (CBG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- CBRE Group (NYSE: CBG) 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CBG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • CBRE GROUP INC's earnings per share declined by 40.0% 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, CBRE GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.73 versus $0.60 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.15 versus $0.73).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Management & Development industry and the overall market, CBRE GROUP INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for CBRE GROUP INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.30%. Regardless of CBG's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.55% trails the industry average.
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CBRE Group, Inc. operates as a commercial real estate services company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. CBRE Group has a market cap of $6.77 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full CBRE 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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