NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Saratoga Resources (SARA) soared Tuesday after the oil company reported its Rocky 3 well exceeded expectations when it tested at an equivalent rate of 1,531 barrels of oil per day.
The well also tested at 240 thousand cubic feet of gas per day, or net 1,288 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The stock was up 54.44% to $1.91 at 12:03 p.m. More than 5.6 million shares had changed hands, which easily exceeded the average volume of 121,780.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SARATOGA RESOURCES INC as a "sell" with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SARATOGA RESOURCES INC (SARA) a SELL. This is driven by several 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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk 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 501.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.87 million to -$17.29 million.
- 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, SARATOGA RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $4.08 million or 66.17% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.79 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, SARA has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.95, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 47.66%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 460.00% 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: SARA Ratings Report