Why Kosmos Energy (KOS) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Kosmos Energy (KOS) stock is down -8.5% to $10.06 on Monday following the release of the company's first quarter earnings results.

The oil exploration company reported a year over year quarterly oil revenues drop of -6.5% to $213 million in the quarter.

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Net income for the quarter was $75 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, a 14 cent per share increase from the year ago period.

The company also reported that it was plugging and abandoning its FA-1 well in Morocco after failing to recover commercial hydrocarbons.

TheStreet Ratings team rates KOSMOS ENERGY LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KOSMOS ENERGY LTD (KOS) 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • KOSMOS ENERGY LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, KOSMOS ENERGY LTD reported poor results of -$0.25 versus -$0.19 in the prior year.
  • 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 86.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $31.61 million to $4.17 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, KOSMOS ENERGY LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, KOS has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • KOS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KOS Ratings Report
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