Alleghany Corp Stock Downgraded (Y)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Alleghany (Nasdaq: Y) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Although Y's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Insurance industry. The net income has decreased by 9.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $125.44 million to $113.17 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. When compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market, ALLEGHANY CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Alleghany Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the property and casualty reinsurance and insurance business in the United States. It operates through two segments, reinsurance and insurance. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Alleghany has a market cap of $6.63 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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