Crestwood Midstream Partners LP Stock Downgraded (CMLP)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE: CMLP) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PTNRS LP is rather high; currently it is at 55.30%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 12.40% is above that of the industry average.
  • CMLP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CMLP maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.91, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 41.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.23 million to $5.98 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $17.38 million or 17.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP primarily engages in the gathering, processing, treating, compressing, transporting, and selling natural gas in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Crestwood Midstream has a market cap of $980.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 24.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

You can view the full Crestwood Midstream Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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