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, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LNG's share price has jumped by 96.56%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 80.75% to -$13.22 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CHENIERE ENERGY INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.28%.
  • 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 7.63 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.10, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 107.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$56.42 million to -$117.11 million.

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 $7.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 62.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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