Tidewater Inc. Stock Downgraded (TDW)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tidewater (NYSE: TDW) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TDW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.0%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that TDW's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.15 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 58.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $29.95 million to $12.58 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, TIDEWATER INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

Tidewater Inc. provides offshore service vessels and marine support services through the operation of a fleet of marine service vessels. Tidewater has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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