Central Federal (CFBK) Upgraded From Sell to Hold

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Central Federal  (CFBK) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Sell to Hold with a ratings score of C+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate CENTRAL FEDERAL CORP (CFBK) 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year."

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

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CENTRAL FEDERAL CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CENTRAL FEDERAL CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.06 versus -$1.69 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for CENTRAL FEDERAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 80.85%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CFBK's net profit margin of 3.45% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CENTRAL FEDERAL CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CFBK Ratings Report

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