TECO Energy Inc Stock Downgraded (TE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TECO Energy (NYSE: TE) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 80.72% to $149.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TECO ENERGY INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.16%.
  • TE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TECO ENERGY INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TECO ENERGY INC reported lower earnings of $1.13 versus $1.17 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 15.5% in earnings ($0.96 versus $1.13).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Multi-Utilities industry average. The net income has decreased by 15.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $53.20 million to $45.10 million.
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TECO Energy, Inc., an energy-related holding company, primarily engages in the regulated utility operations. The company, through its subsidiaries, generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in Florida and Guatemala. The company has a P/E ratio of 15, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TECO Energy has a market cap of $3.69 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. Shares are up 1.7% 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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