Cheniere Energy Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (LNG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cheniere Energy (AMEX: LNG) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C-. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 33.33% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 53.32% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • CHENIERE ENERGY INC has improved earnings per share by 33.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CHENIERE ENERGY INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.82 versus -$2.60 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.02 versus -$1.82).
  • Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHENIERE ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 63.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$57.81 million to -$94.32 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to -$2.86 million or 0.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, CHENIERE ENERGY INC has marginally lower results.

Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company, engages in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) related business. It operates through two segments, LNG Terminal Business, and LNG and Natural Gas Marketing Business. Cheniere Energy has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 48.5% 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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