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Global Hunter Securities Downgrades Rowan Companies (RDC) to Neutral; Downtime a Difficult Hurdle

August 3, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Global Hunter Securities downgraded Rowan Companies (NYSE: RDC) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $35.00 (from $38.00).

Analyst, Brian Uhlmer, said, "Continued estimate reductions due to increased shipyard time have been a recurring trend and we view its estimate that just 8% of its total rig days in 2013 will be subject to downtime as a difficult hurdle to achieve. While we understand that 2012 is a transition year with RDC placing several rigs through substantial upgrades and transit time, we view the upside to 2013 estimates to be less than its peers as 67% of RDC’s available days are already booked, with much of its availability weighted toward less-meaningful assets. The stock also trades at a 17% and 12% premium to its peer group’s respective 2012 and 2013 P/E and a 51% and 23% premium to the average of our favorites in the group – Atwood (NYSE: ATW), Ensco (NYSE: ESV) and Noble (NYSE: NE). With fewer contract catalysts, likely more downside risk to estimates than peers and a premium valuation, we find it hard to justify our former Buy rating."

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Shares of Rowan Companies closed at $34.84 yesterday.




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