Transocean (RIG) Stock Falls on New Downside Analyst Coverage

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Transocean (RIG) shares are down by 0.55% to $18.91 in afternoon trading on Friday, after the offshore drilling contract services provider received an "underweight" rating initiation from analysts' at JPMorgan.

Analysts at the firm also set a $16 price target on the company's shares, representing a potential downside of 15.4% from the stock's current trading price.

Despite declining oil industry capital expenditure budgets, Transocean reported quarterly earnings that were much stronger than analysts expected earlier this month. 

The Swiss-based company reported first quarter earnings of $1.10 per share, topping analysts' expectations of 60 cents per share by 50 cents.

Revenue of $2.04 billion also topped analysts' $1.91 billion guidance.

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

"We rate TRANSOCEAN LTD (RIG) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, 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, 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 205.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $456.00 million to -$483.00 million.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, TRANSOCEAN LTD'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 52.10%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 203.93% 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.
  • TRANSOCEAN 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. 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, TRANSOCEAN LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$5.25 versus $3.85 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.38 versus -$5.25).
  • RIG, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RIG Ratings Report

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