The concept here is simple: take a well-liked company on Motley Fool CAPS and completely debunk the notion that it's worth buying. Does this mean after I put a company through the wringer that it's worth selling? Maybe, maybe not -- that's up to you to decide. The point of "Bash My Stock" is to expose the fact that there's another side to every trade, and this series will attempt to look at the bearish view of why a stock might not be such a great value after all. Today I suggest we take a closer look at DryShips
DryShips owns and operates a fleet of 36 drybulk carriers, as well as nine oil drilling platforms, through its majority-owned subsidiary Ocean Rig UDW. Well off its pre-2008 crash highs of $120, investors continue to hold out hope that the company can once again return to its highly profitable ways. It's only a three-star stock on Motley Fool CAPS,b ut of the 3,298 participants to weigh in on DryShips, a whopping 2,941 of them rated it as an outperform. Well, optimists, it's time for me to pop your bubble and bash your stock.
DryShips is really a double-whammy candidate if you think about it.
First, it's based in Greece, and the daily discussions revolving around what seems like an inevitable Greek default is doing little to help out DryShips and Greek shippers Diana Shipping
Secondly, DryShips is getting no help from the Baltic Dry Index, which is a measure of drybulk supply and demand and helps determine the charter rates that it's able to negotiate in its lease contracts. Global slowdown worries and a glut of competition from the likes of Genco Shipping & Trading
So really, what's worse than being in the highly competitive and currently unprofitable shipping sector? The answer is being a Greek shipper -- the aforementioned double-whammy.
If that wasn't enough to make you steer clear of this speculative company, DryShips also operates one of the oldest fleets of its peers. Older ships often mean a greater amount of necessary repairs and higher levels of built-in depreciation. The company's announced buyout of OceanFreight
Let's face it, folks: The days of high margins and solid dividends from shippers are gone. The sector could come roaring back, but it will take years, if not a full decade, for the sector to work out its kinks and for weaker hands to fold. DryShips is staring down $740 million in debt repayments this year, $584 million in 2013, and a whopping $824 million in 2014. Godspeed, DryShips. I don't see you surviving.
Now it's time for you to weigh in on DryShips. Please take a moment to vote in the poll below whether you're a buyer or seller of DryShips, and weigh in with your reasoning in the comments section/ Also consider adding DryShips to your watchlist to keep track of this highly volatile shipper.
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