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Peter Lynch Guru Analysis for Park Sterling Corporation

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Assessments & Analysis Based on August 28, 2014 close price: $6.75

  for the P/E/Growth Investor based on the criteria of Peter Lynch. Return to PSTB Guru Analysis

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Detailed Analysis

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Determine the Classification:

PSTB is considered a "Stalwart", according to this methodology, for its earnings growth of 15.8%. This is based on Based on the average of the 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates, which lies within a moderate 10%-19% range. This methodology looks for the "Stalwart" securities to gain 30%-50% in value over a two year period if they can be purchased at an attractive price based on the P/E to Growth ratio. However, PSTB is not considered a "True Stalwart" for its sales of $80 million are less than the multi-billion dollar level.


Yield adjusted P/E to Growth (PEG) ratio: [FAIL]

The Yield-adjusted P/E/G ratio for PSTB (1.14), Based on the average of the 4 and 5 year historical EPS growth rates, is unacceptable for a "Stalwart". This criteria is the most important one in the methodology and a failure of it will automatically result in a 0% score for the overall analysis.


EARNINGS PER SHARE: [PASS]

The EPS for a stalwart company must be positive. PSTB's EPS ($.35) would satisfy this criterion.


Total Debt/Equity Ratio: [NEUTRAL]

PSTB is a financial company so debt to equity rules are not applied to determine the company's financial soundness.


EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: [PASS]

This methodology uses the Equity/Assets Ratio as a way to determine a financial intermediary's health, as it is a better measure than the Debt/Equity Ratio. PSTB's Equity/Assets ratio (12%) is healthy and above the minimum 5% this methodology looks for, thus passing the criterion.


RETURN ON ASSETS: [FAIL]

This methodology uses Return on Assets as a way to measure a financial intermediary's profitability. PSTB's ROA (.72%) is below the minimum 1% that this methodology looks for, thus failing the criterion.


FREE CASH FLOW: [NEUTRAL]

The Free Cash Flow/Price ratio, though not a requirement, is considered a bonus if it is above 35%. A positive Cash Flow (the higher the better) separates a wonderfully reliable investment from a shaky one. This methodology prefers not to invest in companies that rely heavily on capital spending. This ratio for PSTB (9.48%) is too low to add to the attractiveness of the stock. Keep in mind, however, that it does not adversely affect the company as it is a bonus criteria.


NET CASH POSITION: [NEUTRAL]

Another bonus for a company is having a Net Cash/Price ratio above 30%. Lynch defines net cash as cash and marketable securities minus long term debt. According to this methodology, a high value for this ratio dramatically cuts down on the risk of the security. The Net Cash/Price ratio for PSTB (4.4%) is too low to add to the attractiveness of this company. Keep in mind, however, that it does not adversely affect the company as it is a bonus criteria.

 
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