Williams Financial Group Downgrades Gulfmark Offshore (GLF) to Hold

February 27, 2013 7:55 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Williams Financial Group downgraded Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE: GLF) from Buy to Hold with a price target of $34.00 on Q4 miss.

The analyst comments, "GLF missed EPS estimates with operational softness in the core North Sea, as well as Southeast Asia, as Americas activity benefited from a strong GOM. The North Sea is still unproven though GLF sentiment remains optimistic, but we prefer to see a quarter’s execution. Southeast Asia is likely to struggle for another quarter. GLF is transitioning to a stronger GOM in 2014 bolstered by newbuilds and mid-body extension projects, but to the detriment of 2013. Specific guidance led to a reduction in EPS for the year of more than 20%. Without greater clarity for operations in 2013 (48% contract cover), we believe it too early to use 2014 for valuation. Given our 2013 earnings reduction, we are lowering our price target to $34. Despite longer-term upside, we see little impetus for the stock based on 2013 guidance/valuation – as such we are downgrading the stock to Hold from Buy"

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Shares of Gulfmark Offshore closed at $35.59 yesterday.




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