Volatility Returns To Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU), Denny’s Corporation (DENN)

Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE: BTU) shares are -71.82% down in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 7.53% or $0.18 higher in the latest trading session. However, stock’s trailing 12-month performance remains nearly +13.22% lower. Comparatively, the stock is -75.78% down YTD and -15.46% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is 7.53% and -19.69% over the month.

Analyst Recommendations

On May 07, 2020, Clarksons Platou recommended the BTU stock is a Neutral, while earlier, Vertical Research had Downgrade the stock as a Hold on August 07, 2020. 7 analysts offering the recommendations for the stock have a consensus rating of 3.00 to suggest that the BTU stock is a “Hold. 0 of the 7 analysts rate the stock as a “Sell”, while 0 has rated it as “Underweight”. 0 recommend buying, with 0 rating it as an Overweight.

The stock currently trades at $2.57 and analysts tracking its performance over the next 12 months have a consensus estimate price target of $3.20. The forecasts give the Peabody Energy Corporation stock a price target range of $4.00 on the higher side while at least one analyst think the stock could plunge to a low of $3.00. The two limits represent an upside potential of 35.75% or 14.33%.

Earnings Forecast

Analysts estimate the earnings to decrease -1,132.80% in the current quarter to -$0.89, down from the -$0.81 reported in the same quarter a year ago. For the current year, earnings should grow to an average of -$19.15, down -34.40% from $0.44 reported last year. Analysts also offered guidance for the next financial quarter, with their average projected EPS at between -$1.12 and -$0.03. Wall Street estimates earnings per share to be at an average of -$2.65 for the next year.

Insider Transactions Summary

According to SEC data, total insider shares purchases at the company stands at 0 over the last 12 months, while SEC filings reveal that there have been 0 insider sales over the same period. Insiders have purchases 0 shares while those sold by company executives and officers stand at 0. The last 3 months have seen insiders trade a total of 0 and 0 in purchases and sales respectively.

Williamson Kemal, a President – US Operations at the company, sold 12,783 shares worth $37454.0 at $2.93 per share on Apr 08. The EVP & COO had earlier sold another 525 BTU shares valued at $1580.0 on May 15. The shares were sold at $3.01 per share. Hathhorn Marc E. (President-Australia Operations) sold 14,379 shares at $2.93 per share on Apr 08 for a total of $42130.0 while Meintjes Charles F, (EVP & COO) sold 12,783 shares on Apr 08 for $37454.0 with each share fetching $2.93.

Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), on the other hand, is trading around $11.86 with a market cap of $700.21M and analyst research firms have a positive stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $12.36 and spell out a more modest performance – a 4.05% return. Some analysts are even forecasting $0 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.

Let us briefly look at the Denny’s Corporation (DENN) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.

Company balance sheet and cash flow

DENN’s operating margin was positive on the trailing 12 months basis, remaining steady at 26.50%, while the operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $23.69 million. This represented a 41.02% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $40.16 million. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS declined -$0.41 on the year-over-year period, growing to $0.55 as given in the last earnings report.

In terms of the balance sheet & cash flow as of (Sep 2020), the total assets figure advanced to $468.7 million from $484.13 million over the previous quarter. Short term investments amounted to $2.24 million while total current assets were at $63.01 million. The cash flow from operating activities totaled -$7.96 million, significantly lower than the $25.16 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was -$12.43 million.

Insider activity

Insiders have transacted a total of 6 times at Denny’s Corporation over the last 6 months, with insider purchases undertaken 5 times and accounting for 32,346 shares. Insider sales totaled 6,884 shares over the same period, with these deals completed in 1 transactions. Looking at these numbers, we realize that net purchases over that period are 4.0 shares. Insiders now hold a total of 2.15M shares after the latest sales, with 1.20% net shares purchased.

Major holders

Insiders own 1.30% of the company shares, while shares held by institutions stand at 72.90% with a share float percentage of 61.59M. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with Denny’s Corporation having a total of 235 institutions that hold shares in the company.