Petroquest Energy (PQ) Downgraded From Hold to Sell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Petroquest Energy  (PQ) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Sell with a ratings score of D+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PETROQUEST ENERGY INC (PQ) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, 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 generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.25 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 0.46, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • PQ has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.18% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for PETROQUEST ENERGY INC is currently very high, coming in at 73.93%. Regardless of PQ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PQ's net profit margin of 10.54% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, PETROQUEST ENERGY INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

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