BSB Bancorp Inc Stock Upgraded (BLMT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- BSB Bancorp (Nasdaq: BLMT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 30.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost 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 136.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.34 million to $0.49 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BSB BANCORP INC is currently very high, coming in at 77.20%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, BLMT's net profit margin of 5.56% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BSB BANCORP INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
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BSB Bancorp, Inc. (Maryland) operates as the holding company for Belmont Savings Bank that provides financial services to individuals, families, and businesses. BSB has a market cap of $120.3 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full BSB 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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