One Factor Driving Energy XXI (EXXI) Stock Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Energy XXI  (EXXI) surged 12.24% to $2.75 in early afternoon trading Tuesday as the energy sector rallied thanks in part to Repsol SA's $8.3 billion acquisition of Talisman Energy (TLM) .

Repsol agreed to pay $8 per share for Calgary-based Talisman, a 60% premium to the average stock price during the past month, Talisman said. The Madrid-based company would also assume $4.7 billion in debt.

Energy XXI touched a 52-week low of $2.38 shortly after the market opened Tuesday, but the energy sector rally pulled the stock higher after the initial dip.

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The rally occurred despite the continued plunge in oil prices. WTI Crude fell 2.7% to $54.39 a barrel on Tuesday, the lowest price in five-and-a-half years, according to USA Today.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ENERGY XXI LTD as a "sell" with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ENERGY XXI LTD (EXXI) 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity."

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

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.11 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, ENERGY XXI LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ENERGY XXI LTD 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ENERGY XXI LTD reported lower earnings of $0.61 versus $1.84 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 123.0% in earnings (-$0.14 versus $0.61).
  • 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 114.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $43.14 million to -$6.40 million.
  • The gross profit margin for ENERGY XXI LTD is rather high; currently it is at 62.41%. Regardless of EXXI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.58% trails the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: EXXI Ratings Report

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