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VOC Energy

Dividend Yield: 7.98%

VOC Energy (NYSE:VOC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.98%.

VOC Energy Trust owns a term net profits interest of the net proceeds from production of the interests in oil and natural gas properties in the states of Kansas and Texas. It owns an 80% term net profits interest of the net proceeds on the underlying properties. Currently there are no analysts that rate VOC Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for VOC Energy has been 111,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. VOC Energy has a market cap of $221.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates VOC Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 30.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $14.62 million to $10.20 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 39.77%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 30.23% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • VOC ENERGY TRUST's earnings per share declined by 30.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.11 versus $1.42).
  • VOC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for VOC ENERGY TRUST is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. VOC has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VOC's net profit margin of 96.14% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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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.

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