Royal Bank Of Scotland Group (The) PLC Stock Upgraded (RBS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The (NYSE: RBS) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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 came in higher than the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 117.77% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 51.46% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP is rather high; currently it is at 62.80%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, RBS's net profit margin of 6.66% significantly trails the industry average.
  • ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP reported poor results of -$1.72 versus -$0.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($37.99 versus -$1.72).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The has a market cap of $31.64 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- 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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