Calamos Asset Management Inc. Stock Downgraded (CLMS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Calamos Asset Management (Nasdaq: CLMS) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC is rather high; currently it is at 50.30%. Regardless of CLMS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CLMS's net profit margin of 4.55% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.04 million to $3.23 million.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Calamos Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm provides investment advisory services to individuals including high net worth individuals, and institutions. It also manages accounts for family offices and private foundations. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Calamos Asset Management has a market cap of $216 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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