SandRidge Energy (SD) Stock Rises Today Following Tuesday's Decline

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of oil and natural gas exploration company SandRidge Energy  (SD) recovered in early afternoon trading Wednesday, up 3.24% to $2.55, one day after the stock closed down following Bank of America/Merrill Lynch's downgrade of the energy sector to "market weight."

The firm made the move after OPEC decided last week not to cut oil production and to keep its target at 30 million barrels per day, a move that could leave the market oversupplied. The announcement sent oil prices spiraling downward.

Bank of America now expects Brent crude oil prices in the range of $70 to $75 for 2015. The firm also expects WTI crude prices to drop to $50 in the next month.

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"With the collapse in crude, the sector now trades at a 20% discount to the S&P 500, where it has historically traded in-line with the market, but further estimate cuts are likely to come, [as] prices are falling faster than earnings are deteriorating," the firm said.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC as a "hold" with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC (SD) 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 expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk."

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

  • The gross profit margin for SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC is currently very high, coming in at 74.91%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -6.52% is in-line with the industry average.
  • SD, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.9%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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, SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $140.34 million or 46.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has decreased by 19.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$20.44 million to -$24.44 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SD Ratings Report

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