Pengrowth Energy Corp Stock Downgraded (PGH)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Pengrowth Energy (NYSE: PGH) 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 high debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP reported lower earnings of $0.26 versus $0.78 in the prior year.
  • 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 5039.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.46 million to -$23.74 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, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $143.63 million or 19.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 19.94%, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -29.67%.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.46 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
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Pengrowth Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in Canada. It primarily explores for crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia. The company has a P/E ratio of -300, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Pengrowth Energy has a market cap of $3.04 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 44.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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