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Unit Corporation Stock Downgraded (UNT)

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) -- Unit Corporation (NYSE: UNT) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.36, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.71 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • UNT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • UNIT CORP has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UNIT CORP reported lower earnings of $0.48 versus $4.09 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.69 versus $0.48).
  • The gross profit margin for UNIT CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 0.60%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -17.05% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $178.77 million or 6.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
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Unit Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the contract drilling, oil and natural gas, and mid-stream businesses in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 95.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Unit has a market cap of $2.25 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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