Calamos Asset Management Inc Stock Downgraded (CLMS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Calamos Asset Management (Nasdaq: CLMS) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.9%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 42.68% is the gross profit margin for CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of CLMS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CLMS's net profit margin of 3.34% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC's earnings per share declined by 31.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CALAMOS ASSET MANAGEMENT INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.92 versus $0.88 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 40.2% in earnings ($0.55 versus $0.92).
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 33.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.23 million to $2.14 million.

Calamos Asset Management Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm provides investment advisory services to individuals including high net worth individuals, and institutions. It also manages accounts for family offices and private foundations. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Calamos Asset Management has a market cap of $263.8 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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