Callon Petroleum Co Stock Downgraded (CPE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Callon Petroleum (NYSE: CPE) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CALLON PETROLEUM CO/DE's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CALLON PETROLEUM CO/DE is currently very high, coming in at 78.60%. Regardless of CPE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CPE's net profit margin of -4.00% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 113.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.40 million to -$1.11 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $14.25 million or 48.15% 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.
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Callon Petroleum Company engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties. The company's properties are located in the Permian Basin in west Texas; the Haynesville Shale in northern Louisiana; and the Gulf of Mexico. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Callon has a market cap of $175.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 11.5% 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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