Hallmark Financial Services Stock Downgraded (HALL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hallmark Financial Services (Nasdaq: HALL) 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, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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 12.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $5.83 million or 21.02% when compared to the same quarter last year.
  • HALLMARK FINANCIAL SERVICES 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, HALLMARK FINANCIAL SERVICES turned its bottom line around by earning $0.18 versus -$0.53 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.35 versus $0.18).
  • The gross profit margin for HALLMARK FINANCIAL SERVICES is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.83%. Regardless of HALL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year.

Hallmark Financial Services, Inc., an insurance holding company, engages in marketing, distributing, underwriting, and servicing property/casualty insurance products for businesses and individuals in the United States. Hallmark Financial Services has a market cap of $180.5 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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