NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) shares are down 5.79% to $1.54 in trading on Wednesday after the independent oil and gas company was downgraded to "underperform" from "in-line" by analysts' at Imperial Capital.
The firm also reduced the company's price target to $1.25 from $1.75, a potential 18.8% downside from the stock's current price.
The downgraded outlook comes after the company announced that proceeds from the sale of its West Virginia non-core segment are expected to be lower than initially anticipated.
The firm expects the company to outspend its cash flow for the rest of the year.
"We believe that in its current operating configuration the firm will outspend cash flow by roughly an equal amount in the latter three quarters of 2015. If the company were to raise all of the cash it has targeted through divestitures and JVs, then it likely would have enough liquidity to move through 2016, but would still need to raise considerable cash for 2017 activity," analysts said.
TheStreet Ratings team rates MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP (MHR) a SELL. This is driven by multiple 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 unimpressive growth in 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 72.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$61.59 million to -$105.92 million.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.22 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 0.20, 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, MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES 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 79.86%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 39.02% 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.
- MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP's earnings per share declined by 39.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MAGNUM HUNTER RESOURCES CORP continued to lose money by earning -$1.29 versus -$1.69 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.6% in earnings (-$1.38 versus -$1.29).
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: MHR Ratings Report