Why NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- NorthStar Realty Finance (NRF) was gaining 2.2% to $16.70 Wednesday after announcing a spin-off date for NorthStar Asset Management Group.

The company will spin-off and distribute common stock in the asset management company on June 30, 2014. NorthStar Realty will also conduct an internal corporate reorganization and a one-for-two reverse stock split in connection with distribution of shares in the spin-off company. NorthStar Realty shareholders will receive one share of NorthStar Asset Management for each share of NorthStar Realty they own after the reverse stock split.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates NORTHSTAR REALTY FINANCE CP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NORTHSTAR REALTY FINANCE CP (NRF) 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that net income has been generally deteriorating over time."

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

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 47.8%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, NRF's share price has jumped by 89.40%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $53.70 million or 25.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, NORTHSTAR REALTY FINANCE CP's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 30.28%.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, NORTHSTAR REALTY FINANCE CP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 348.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $47.96 million to -$119.37 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: NRF Ratings Report

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