First Citizens Bancshares (FCNCA) Declares 30 Cent Quarterly Dividend

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- First Citizens Bancshares  (FCNCA) declared a 30 cent quarterly dividend on Class A and B common stock payable October 6 to shareholders of record on September 15. 

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TheStreet Ratings team rates FIRST CITIZENS BANCSH as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate FIRST CITIZENS BANCSH (FCNCA) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 14.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for FIRST CITIZENS BANCSH is currently very high, coming in at 95.50%. Regardless of FCNCA'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 9.53% trails the industry average.
  • FIRST CITIZENS BANCSH 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 not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FIRST CITIZENS BANCSH increased its bottom line by earning $17.43 versus $13.11 in the prior year.
  • In its most recent trading session, FCNCA 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. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FCNCA Ratings Report
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