NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil States (OIS - Get Report) stock has been upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" with a $72 price target, Sterne Agee said Monday. The firm said its completion and offshore businesses can deliver strong earnings growth over the next several years.
------------------------Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates OIL STATES INTL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate OIL STATES INTL INC (OIS) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.16 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
- 36.80% is the gross profit margin for OIL STATES INTL INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of OIS'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 10.81% trails the industry average.
- OIS, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $105.31 million or 51.82% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: OIS Ratings Report