Universal American Corp Stock Downgraded (UAM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Universal American (NYSE: UAM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. 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:
  • UNIVERSAL AMERICAN CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, UNIVERSAL AMERICAN CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.63 versus $0.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.69 versus $0.63).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Providers & Services industry. The net income increased by 175.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$20.00 million to $15.00 million.
  • UAM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.20% from its price level of one year ago.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, UNIVERSAL AMERICAN CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Universal American Corp., a specialty health and life insurance holding company, provides health insurance and managed care products and services to the growing Medicare population in the United States. Universal American has a market cap of $696 million and is part of the health care sector and health services industry.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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