Fortegra Financial Corp Stock Downgraded (FRF)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fortegra Financial (NYSE: FRF) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.88, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.
  • 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.
  • The net income has significantly decreased by 27.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.41 million to $2.49 million.
  • The gross profit margin for FORTEGRA FINANCIAL CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year.
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Fortegra Financial Corporation, an insurance services company, provides distribution and administration services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Fortegra Financial has a market cap of $146.6 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full Fortegra Financial Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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