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Why TECO Energy (TE) Stock Is Down Today

Stocks in this article: TE

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TECO Energy  (TE) fell Wednesday after the company priced its secondary public offering of common stock.

The company priced the offering of 15.5 million shares at $18.10 a share. The offering includes a 30-day option for underwriters to purchase up to 2.325 million additional shares.

TECO expects the offering to close on July 8 and to yield net proceeds of approximately $271 million. The company will use part of these proceeds to fund its acquisition of New Mexico Gas.

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The stock was down 0.98% to $18.19 at 9:59 a.m.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates TECO ENERGY INC as a "buy" with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TECO ENERGY INC (TE) 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 revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $186.90 million or 18.36% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 7.95%.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. 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.
  • TECO ENERGY INC has improved earnings per share by 15.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TECO ENERGY INC reported lower earnings of $0.92 versus $1.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.00 versus $0.92).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Multi-Utilities industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 20.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $41.50 million to $50.10 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TE Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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