NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oasis Petroleum (OAS) - Get Report stock coverage was initiated by analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald this morning with a "buy" rating and a price target of $15.

The company's 825 gross operated locations in the Williston Basin core has a solid base of inventory. "We believe a continued shift towards high intensity completions will boost capital efficiency and the production outlook," analysts noted.

The company's balance sheet and liquidity profile has shown an upside due to the recent $460 mm equity offering, analysts added.

With liquidity of $1.4 billion, analysts believe the company is self-funded through at least 2017, according to the firm's note. 

In Friday's early morning trading session, shares are sliding by 1.72% to $9.77.

Oasis Petroleum is an independent exploration and production company that focuses on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in the North Dakota and Montana regions of the Williston Basin.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates OASIS PETROLEUM INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate OASIS PETROLEUM INC (OAS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity."

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

  • The gross profit margin for OASIS PETROLEUM INC is rather high; currently it is at 63.38%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OAS's net profit margin of -10.00% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.39, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, OASIS PETROLEUM INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: OAS Ratings Report