Will This Price Target Decrease Hurt Tidewater (TDW) Stock Today?

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Barclays lowered its price target for Tidewater (TDW) to $68 from $71 Thursday.

Tidewater fell -0.7% to $50.83 in morning trading.

The firm maintained its "overweight" rating for the stock. Barclays analyst James C. West wrote the lower price target a reflection of "a lower cash balance in our valuation derivation."

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Separately. TheStreet Ratings team rates TIDEWATER INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TIDEWATER INC (TDW) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity."

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

  • TDW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.9%. 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'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.
  • The share price of TIDEWATER INC has not done very well: it is down 10.76% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TDW Ratings Report

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