NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Sanchez Energy (SN) plummeted to a 52-week low of $6.96 on heavy trading volume as energy shares in the S&P 500 traded at a 17-month low on Monday, and oil prices sank to a new five-year low, Bloomberg reports.
About 5.23 million shares changed hands by 3:52 p.m. in New York, compared to the average of 2.96 million.
West Texas Intermediate for January delivery, the U.S. benchmark, declined 4.24% to $63.05 this afternoon in New York. Brent for January settlement traded at $66.18 a barrel.
The price drop occurred after Morgan Stanley reduced its 2015 forecast for Brent crude in a research note issued late Friday. The firm said Brent could drop to as low as $53 a barrel next year, although it forecast a base case scenario of $70. Morgan Stanley had previously expected $98 a barrel.
"Without OPEC intervention, markets risk becoming unbalanced, with peak oversupply likely in the second quarter of 2015. Prices are set up to fall in the first half of 2015," the firm wrote.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SANCHEZ ENERGY CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SANCHEZ ENERGY CORP (SN) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable 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 generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- SN's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 65.17%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.
- Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 3.16, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SANCHEZ ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for SANCHEZ ENERGY CORP is currently very high, coming in at 78.15%. Regardless of SN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SN's net profit margin of 23.64% significantly outperformed against the industry.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 227.57% to $130.65 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SANCHEZ ENERGY CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.72%.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: SN Ratings Report