Chemung Financial Corporation Stock Downgraded (CHMG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Chemung Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CHMG) 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.1%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CHEMUNG FINANCIAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 88.77%. Regardless of CHMG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.32% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, CHEMUNG FINANCIAL CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, CHMG has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Chemung Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Chemung Canal Trust Company and CFS Group, Inc., which provides various banking, financing, fiduciary, and other financial services primarily in New York. It operates in two segments, Core Banking and Wealth Management Group. Chemung Financial has a market cap of $131.1 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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