Why Halcon Resources (HK) Is Gaining Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Halcon Resources (HK) was gaining 5.4% to $4.03 Tuesday on news that that company will sell its Woodbine properties and related assets in east Texas.

The transaction will see the company sell the Woodbine properties and related assets to an unnamed privately-held company for a total of $450 million. Halcon expects the deal will close some in mid-April 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates HALCON RESOURCES CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HALCON RESOURCES CORP (HK) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 5003.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$8.04 million to -$410.39 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.20 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.49, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, HALCON RESOURCES CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $102.32 million or 2.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 2.18%, HALCON RESOURCES CORP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -52.18%.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 48.75%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2425.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HK Ratings Report

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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