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The Transportation industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.9%. Laggards within the Transportation industry included

PHI

(

PHII

), down 3.6%,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

), down 5.3%,

Kelso Technologies

(

KIQ

), down 3.9%,

Box Ships

(

TEU

), down 2.1% and

Overseas Shipholding Group

(

OSGB

), down 2.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Box Ships

(

TEU

) is one of the companies that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. Box Ships was down $0.02 (2.1%) to $0.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 35,410 shares of Box Ships exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 194,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.85-$0.89 after having opened the day at $0.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.87.

Box Ships Inc., a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of containers worldwide. As of December 31, 2013, it had a fleet of 9 containerships with a total capacity of approximately 43,925 twenty-foot equivalent units. Box Ships has a market cap of $22.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Box Ships a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Box Ships

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TEU go as follows:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Marine industry average. The net income increased by 16.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.84 million to $5.65 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BOX SHIPS INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.67%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TEU's net profit margin of 48.00% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • TEU's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 70.30%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BOX SHIPS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Box Ships Ratings Report

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At the close,

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

(

ULTR

) was down $0.11 (5.3%) to $1.96 on light volume. Throughout the day, 30,506 shares of Ultrapetrol Bahamas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.96-$2.07 after having opened the day at $2.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.07.

Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, an industrial shipping company, provides marine transportation services in South America, Central America, Europe, North America, and Asia. The company operates in three segments: River Business, Offshore Supply Business, and Ocean Business. Ultrapetrol Bahamas has a market cap of $302.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapetrol Bahamas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Ultrapetrol Bahamas

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ULTR go as follows:

  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 308.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.00 million to -$14.59 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ULTRAPETROL BAHAMAS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 24.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.68% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, ULTR's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.42, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 42.63%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 300.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ratings Report

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PHI

(

PHII

) was another company that pushed the Transportation industry lower today. PHI was down $1.30 (3.6%) to $35.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,445 shares of PHI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.25-$36.18 after having opened the day at $36.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.55.

PHI, Inc. provides helicopter transportation services to the oil and gas exploration, development, and production industry, principally in the Gulf of Mexico. The company operates in three business segments: Oil and Gas, Air Medical, and Technical Services. PHI has a market cap of $106.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PHI

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PHII go as follows:

  • PHI INC has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PHI INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.77 versus $1.16 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Energy Equipment & Services industry average. The net income increased by 25.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $13.78 million to $17.25 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 16.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • PHII's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 4.92 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $10.79 million or 3.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, PHI INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 17.74%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

PHI Ratings Report

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