Teekay Tankers Ltd. Stock Downgraded (TNK)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Teekay Tankers (NYSE: TNK) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TEEKAY TANKERS LTD's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TEEKAY TANKERS LTD reported lower earnings of $0.38 versus $1.29 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 31.6% in earnings ($0.26 versus $0.38).
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 2449.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.67 million to -$17.13 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TEEKAY TANKERS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $11.50 million or 50.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 61.60% over the past year. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, TNK is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.

Teekay Tankers Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of oil tankers. As of August 16, 2011, it owned a fleet of nine double-hull Aframax tankers and six double-hull Suezmax tankers. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.4, above the average transportation industry P/E ratio of 15.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Teekay Tankers has a market cap of $245 million and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are down 60.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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