Radian Group Inc. Stock Sell Recommendation Reiterated (RDN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a sell with a ratings score of D. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 45.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$121.54 million to -$177.30 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market, RADIAN GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RADIAN GROUP INC's earnings per share declined by 45.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RADIAN GROUP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$3.41 versus $2.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.22 versus -$3.41).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, RDN's share price has jumped by 203.31%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in RDN do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

Radian Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a credit enhancement company in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Mortgage Insurance and Financial Guaranty. Radian Group has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 75.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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