One possible factor contributing to the marine mammal entertainment company's stock slump is the recent termination of a 25 year partnership between SeaWorld and Southwest Airlines (LUV).
The airline said it terminated its partnership with SeaWorld as a results of "shifting priorities" on the part of both companies, Bloomberg reported.
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However, others would like to believe that Southwest bowed to the pressure from a Change.org petition signed by 30,000 people demanding the airline sever ties with the aquarium.
For over a year SeaWorld has been dealing with the backlash from a documentary questioning the ethics of keeping killer whales in captivity, and accusing the company of endangering the safety of its workers by allowing trainers to come in close contact with animals the film describes as "psychologically traumatized."
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC (SEAS) 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."