On Dec 28, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
State Bank Financial Corporation
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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Why the Upgrade?
State Bank Financial has been witnessing rising earnings
estimates on the back of strong third-quarter 2013 results. The
long-term expected earnings growth rate for this stock is 12%.
Further, State Bank Financial has recorded a solid year-to-date
return of 10.8%.
State Bank Financial reported its third-quarter results on Oct 24
with earnings per share of 13 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of 5 cents by 160% and the year-ago earnings of 10 cents
Robust results for the reported quarter were primarily driven by
top-line growth which recorded 31.5% increase on a year-over-year
basis. Moreover, lower provision for loan losses and reduced
non-performing assets reflected improvement in credit quality.
Further, State Bank Financial's return on average assets and
return on average equity stood at 0.67% and 4.04%, respectively,
as compared with 0.50% and 3.13% in the prior-year quarter.
Yet, these positives were partially offset by higher non-interest
expenses which reflected 16.7% year-over-year increase.
Following third-quarter 2013 results, the Zacks Consensus
Estimate for 2013 increased 17.6% to 20 cents per share, over the
last 60 days. For 2014, the Zacks Consensus Estimate advanced
6.1% to 87 cents per share over the same time period.
Other Stocks to Consider
Some other Southeast banks worth considering include
First NBC Bank Holding Company
Omniamerican Bancorp, Inc.
). All 3 banks carry a Zacks Rank #1.