Cousins Properties Inc. Stock Upgraded (CUZ)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cousins Properties (NYSE: CUZ) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CUZ's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 177.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • COUSINS PROPERTIES 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. During the past fiscal year, COUSINS PROPERTIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.14 versus -$1.46 in the prior year.
  • 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 382.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $12.67 million to $61.16 million.
  • 49.71% is the gross profit margin for COUSINS PROPERTIES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 53.11% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

Cousins Properties Incorporated, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services in the United States. Cousins has a market cap of $2.04 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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