Chesapeake Energy (CHK) Stock Falls After Announcing Layoffs

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) were falling by 3.7% to $7.06 on Thursday morning, after the oil company announced plans to reduce its workforce by about 15% on Wednesday.

Chesapeake Energy will incur charges of about $55.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 related to layoffs, the company said in an SEC filing.

The layoffs will help Chesapeake Energy reduce costs and "better align its workforce with the needs of the business and current oil and natural gas commodity prices," the company added.

On Thursday morning, Chesapeake Energy notified the holders of its 2.75% contingent convertible senior notes due 2035 that they have the option to require the company to buy all or a portion of the notes on November 15. The purchase price is equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount of the note, and accrued but unpaid interest.

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

We rate CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP (CHK) 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 deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 2250.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $191.00 million to -$4,108.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, CHK maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.70, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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, CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP'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 $314.00 million or 76.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much 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 67.58%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2950.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CHK

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