Trading Alert : Peabody Energy ( BTU)

A positive Supreme Court ruling mere days ago has done nothing to halt the precipitous decline of Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU)’s shares, which are imploding  in trading this morning, down by nearly 26% already.

The sad spectacle has inflated the loss of the company’s shares year-to-date to an ugly 79%. The latest major blow comes after Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) was forced to downgrade its loss estimate for its current fiscal quarter, the results of which it will post on July 28. Among other things, lower coal prices and bad weather have been cited as reasons for the revision, while demand is also weakening in China. The latest blow is bad news for Dmitry Balyasny‘s Balyasny Asset Management, which opened a 27.31 million-share stake in the first quarter, worth $134.34 million at the end of March, doubtlessly feeling he was getting a discount at the time, with shares already down heavily in the first quarter. They’ve done even worse in the second.
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TheStreet Ratings team rates PEABODY ENERGY CORP as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

“We rate PEABODY ENERGY CORP (BTU) a SELL. This is driven by several 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.”

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 264.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$48.50 million to -$176.60 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.55 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, BTU has a quick ratio of 0.61, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity 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, PEABODY ENERGY CORP’s return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PEABODY ENERGY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.06%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -11.48% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $3.40 million or 93.71% 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.

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