Walter Energy Inc Stock Downgraded (WLT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) 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 high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.06 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, WLT has a quick ratio of 0.63, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, WALTER ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for WALTER ENERGY INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.00%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -173.50% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $24.44 million or 89.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • WALTER ENERGY 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 year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WALTER ENERGY INC reported lower earnings of $6.09 versus $7.27 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 80.5% in earnings ($1.19 versus $6.09).
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Walter Energy, Inc. produces and exports metallurgical coal for the steel industry primarily in the United States. The company also produces thermal and industrial coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke, coal bed methane gas, and other related products. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Walter Energy has a market cap of $2.25 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 40.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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