Campus Crest Communities Inc. Stock Downgraded (CCG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. 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:
  • CAMPUS CREST COMMUNITIES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CAMPUS CREST COMMUNITIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.16 versus $0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.29 versus $0.16).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 322.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.97 million to $2.16 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CAMPUS CREST COMMUNITIES INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.80%. Regardless of CCG's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CCG's net profit margin of 6.03% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $3.47 million or 44.81% 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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Campus Crest Communities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, building, and management of student housing properties under the Grove brand name in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Campus Crest has a market cap of $724.3 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are down 6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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