Yadkin Financial Corp Stock Downgraded (YDKN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Yadkin Financial (Nasdaq: YDKN) 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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:
  • YDKN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.8%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, YDKN's share price has jumped by 79.83%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • YADKIN FINANCIAL CORP has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, YADKIN FINANCIAL CORP continued to lose money by earning -$1.65 versus -$3.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.16 versus -$1.65).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, YADKIN FINANCIAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.84 million or 19.73% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Yadkin Financial Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Yadkin Bank that provides consumer and commercial banking services in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company operates through two segments, banking activities and mortgage banking activities. Yadkin Financial has a market cap of $210.9 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 74.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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