VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGY) Upgraded by StockNews.com to “Buy”

StockNews.com upgraded shares of VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGYGet Rating) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Tuesday morning.

VAALCO Energy Stock Performance

Shares of EGY opened at $4.82 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 0.86. VAALCO Energy has a twelve month low of $3.67 and a twelve month high of $8.77. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $4.73 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $4.96. The firm has a market cap of $522.37 million, a P/E ratio of 4.23 and a beta of 1.64.

VAALCO Energy (NYSE:EGYGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 8th. The energy company reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.16 by $0.40. The firm had revenue of $78.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $62.58 million. VAALCO Energy had a net margin of 21.81% and a return on equity of 60.93%. On average, analysts forecast that VAALCO Energy will post 1.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

VAALCO Energy Announces Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 22nd were given a $0.032 dividend. This represents a $0.13 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 21st. VAALCO Energy’s dividend payout ratio is presently 11.40%.

Insider Transactions at VAALCO Energy

In other news, COO Thor Pruckl sold 37,337 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.34, for a total value of $199,379.58. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 96,238 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $513,910.92. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On VAALCO Energy

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. UMB Bank n.a. increased its holdings in VAALCO Energy by 1.4% during the second quarter. UMB Bank n.a. now owns 150,000 shares of the energy company’s stock worth $1,041,000 after buying an additional 2,000 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Dempsey Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of VAALCO Energy by 5.5% in the first quarter. Morgan Dempsey Capital Management LLC now owns 39,101 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $255,000 after purchasing an additional 2,023 shares during the last quarter. SummerHaven Investment Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of VAALCO Energy by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. SummerHaven Investment Management LLC now owns 126,287 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $576,000 after purchasing an additional 2,096 shares during the last quarter. Foundry Partners LLC increased its holdings in shares of VAALCO Energy by 1.7% in the third quarter. Foundry Partners LLC now owns 132,195 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $576,000 after purchasing an additional 2,221 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Exchange Traded Concepts LLC increased its holdings in shares of VAALCO Energy by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Exchange Traded Concepts LLC now owns 88,364 shares of the energy company’s stock valued at $403,000 after purchasing an additional 2,528 shares during the last quarter. 31.61% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

VAALCO Energy Company Profile

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VAALCO Energy, Inc engages in the acquisition, development, and production of crude oil. It operates through the following segments: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. The Gabon Segment focuses on the Offshore Gabon-Etame Marin Permit operation. The Equatorial Guinea segment deals with the Equatorial Guinea-Block P operation.

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