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Baytex Energy Corp Stock Downgraded (BTE)

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) -- Baytex Energy (NYSE:BTE) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 47.10% is the gross profit margin for BAYTEX ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of BTE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.45% trails the industry average.
  • BAYTEX ENERGY 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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BAYTEX ENERGY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.14 versus $1.83 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $95.17 million or 37.12% 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.
  • 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 76.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $42.96 million to $10.15 million.
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Baytex Energy Corp., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin; and the Williston Basin in the United States. The company offers heavy oil, light oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Baytex Energy has a market cap of $4.63 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 13% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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