Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. Stock Downgraded (DO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.32, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.94, which clearly demonstrates 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 underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Energy Equipment & Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 8.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $201.46 million to $185.33 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $244.02 million or 7.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. operates as an offshore oil and gas drilling contractor worldwide. It provides offshore drilling services in both the floater market, such as ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water; and in the non-floater and jack-up markets. Shares are down 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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