NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) were falling 10.2% to $3.67 Wednesday after the oil and gas company announced it will explore the sale of its Eagle Ford Shale asset and announced its preliminary capital expenditure budget for 2015.
The company's board said it authorized management to explore strategic alternatives for all or a part of the Eagle Ford Shale asset in the first half of 2015. Goodrich Petroleum said selling the asset would "significantly enhance the company's flexibility to further expand its development activities under better market conditions."
Goodrich Petroleum announced a preliminary capital expenditure budget of $150 million to $200 million for 2015. The company expects oil production of 6,100 to 6,700 barrels a day for the year, which would represent a 30% to 42% year over year growth.
TheStreet Ratings team rates GOODRICH PETROLEUM CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate GOODRICH PETROLEUM CORP (GDP) a SELL. This is driven by several 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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 194.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$27.09 million to -$79.71 million.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.84 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 0.41, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GOODRICH PETROLEUM CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 80.30%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 120.22% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
- GOODRICH PETROLEUM CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GOODRICH PETROLEUM CORP reported poor results of -$2.99 versus -$2.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.91 versus -$2.99).
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GDP Ratings Report