Energy XXI (EXXI) Stock Falling Amid Lower Oil Prices

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Energy XXI  (EXXI) were falling, lower by 6.93% to $2.15 in midday trading Monday, as both WTI and Brent crude futures fall to trade in the red amid the stronger dollar, according to Reuters.

A strengthening dollar often pressures commodities as it makes fuel more expensive for holders of other currencies, Reuters noted.

The dollar was stronger after Greece rejected debt bailout terms, risking its membership in the euro.

WTI crude for August delivery was trading down 4.99% to $54.09 as of 12:18 p.m. ET today, while Brent crude is also down 3.38% to $58.28 a barrel.

Bermuda-based Energy XXI is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, operating in the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

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 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk."

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

  • 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 555.7% in earnings (-$2.78 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 8113.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.29 million to -$584.32 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.98 million or 100.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 89.43%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 10466.66% 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: EXXI Ratings Report

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