Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Stock Downgraded (EGLE)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Eagle Bulk Shipping (Nasdaq: EGLE) 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, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.68 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, EGLE has a quick ratio of 0.58, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market, EAGLE BULK SHIPPING INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • EAGLE BULK SHIPPING INC has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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, EAGLE BULK SHIPPING INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.23 versus $0.43 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 60.9% in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$0.23).
  • 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 156.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.03 million to -$1.70 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 53.61%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 160.00% 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.
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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. engages in the ocean transportation of dry bulk cargoes. The company operates in the Handymax sector of the dry bulk industry. Eagle Bulk Shipping has a market cap of $82.7 million and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. Shares are up 63.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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