UMH Properties Inc Stock Downgraded (UMH)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- UMH Properties (NYSE: UMH) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 35.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • UMH PROPERTIES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UMH PROPERTIES INC reported lower earnings of $0.11 versus $0.14 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for UMH PROPERTIES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.60%. Regardless of UMH's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 22.85% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1.68 million or 39.11% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
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UMH Properties, Inc. (UMH) is a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the ownership and operation of manufactured home communities. It leases manufactured home spaces to private manufactured home owners, as well as leases homes to residents. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. UMH has a market cap of $185.1 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are down 0.7% 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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