Greenlight Capital Re Ltd. Stock Downgraded (GLRE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Greenlight Capital Re (Nasdaq: GLRE) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its price level of one year ago, GLRE is up 1.41% to its most recent closing price of 24.32. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals should not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • GLRE has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign.
  • 37.10% is the gross profit margin for GREENLIGHT CAPITAL RE LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GLRE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year.
  • The net income has decreased by 12.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $65.13 million to $56.73 million.
  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
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Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates in the property and casualty reinsurance business in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 151.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Greenlight Capital Re has a market cap of $739.7 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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