How Will Credit Suisse (CS) Stock Respond As Pressure Grows For CEO Dougan To Resign?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Credit Suisse Group (CS) are flat in heavy volume trading as pressure mounts on CEO Brady Dougan to quit, Reuters reports.

This week the Swiss bank agreed to a $2.5 billion settlement with the U.S. authorities over charges that it helped Americans evade taxes by hiding their assets in secret bank accounts.

While the bank's board has backed the Dougan, that matters little in Switzerland where over 78% of newspaper Tages-Anzeiger's readers felt both Dougan and his boss, chairman Urs Rohner, should step down, according to Reuters.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates CREDIT SUISSE GROUP as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CREDIT SUISSE GROUP (CS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • CREDIT SUISSE GROUP has experienced 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, CREDIT SUISSE GROUP increased its bottom line by earning $1.30 versus $0.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.53 versus $1.30).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3,698.89 million or 118.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • 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 253.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $318.19 million to -$486.90 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CS Ratings Report

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