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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Blueknight Energy (BKEP) - Get Report has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Buy with a ratings score of B-.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP (BKEP) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, 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 net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

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

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $10.54 million to $11.27 million.
  • 43.70% is the gross profit margin for BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of BKEP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BKEP's net profit margin of 23.30% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 19.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $19.45 million or 5.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 5.20%, BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -12.15%.
  • The share price of BLUEKNIGHT ENERGY PRTNRS LP has not done very well: it is down 19.54% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the decline in its share price over the last year, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays compensate for this.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BKEP Ratings Report