NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Suburban Propane Partners LP (SPH) are down 0.94% to $44.39 after Credit Suisse downgraded the company to "underperform" from "neutral" while maintaining its price target of $45.
The marketer and distributor of propane, fuel oil and refined fuels is facing long term structural declines, analysts said.
"Our $45 target price implies about 9% total return over the next 12 months, which compared to 26% median return for our coverage, supporting our downgrade rating," analyst said.
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"Colder than normal weather and/or lower than expected propane prices in 2015 could mean higher margins over the next 6 months, providing upside to the units. However, long term structural declines remain," analysts added.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP (SPH) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."