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Black Hills Corporation Stock Downgraded (BKH)

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 36.70% is the gross profit margin for BLACK HILLS CORP which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -5.60% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $80.63 million or 13.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, BLACK HILLS CORP's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 21.73%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Multi-Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BLACK HILLS CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of 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 Multi-Utilities industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 273.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.75 million to -$13.48 million.

Black Hills Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified energy company primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.4, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 25.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Black Hills has a market cap of $1.39 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Black Hills Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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