Natural Resource Rating Lowered to Hold at TheStreet (NRP)
Natural Resource (NYSE:NRP) was downgraded by research analysts at TheStreet from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Wednesday, AnalystRatingsNetwork.com reports.
The analysts wrote, “Natural Resources Partners L.P (NRP) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.”
Shares of Natural Resource (NYSE:NRP) traded down 1.39% on Wednesday, hitting $15.659. 218,849 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Natural Resource has a 52 week low of $15.85 and a 52 week high of $24.37. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $19.14 and a 200-day moving average of $19.90. The company has a market cap of $1.720 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.50.
Natural Resource (NYSE:NRP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 5th. The company reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $82.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $85.45 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.48 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Natural Resource will post $1.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, January 31st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 21st will be paid a dividend of 0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 8.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, January 16th.
A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on NRP. Analysts at Hilliard Lyons downgraded shares of Natural Resource to an “underperform” rating in a research note to investors on Friday, January 10th. Separately, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded shares of Natural Resource from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note to investors on Friday, January 10th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Natural Resource in a research note to investors on Tuesday, November 19th. They now have a $21.00 price target on the stock.
Natural Resource Partners L.P. is a limited partnership engaged principally in the business of owning and managing coal properties in the three coal-producing regions of the United States: Appalachia, the Illinois Basin and the Western United States.
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