As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Teekay Tankers
Stats on Teekay Tankers
|2011 YTD Return||(67.8%)|
|Market Cap||$220 million|
|1-Year Revenue Growth||(29.4%)|
|1-Year Earnings Growth||NM (net loss of $0.8 million)|
|Cash / Debt||$14.1 million / $374 million|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||****|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS. NM = not meaningful.
Why did Teekay Tankers go down this year?
Teekay Tankers owns a fleet of 15 oil tankers, including six Suezmax and nine Aframax vessels. The company splits its exposure to the current tanker pricing environment, keeping some of its ships under long-term contracts, while leaving others available for employment in the spot market.
But Teekay Tankers is far from the only participant in this crowded industry. Nordic American Tankers
Bad news from competitor Frontline
The big question going forward is whether Teekay Tankers will be able to maintain its huge dividend. The weak environment has punished revenue and earnings, leaving it less able to sustain its payout. But with the stock trading as though failure were imminent, any turnaround in the industry could push up shares quickly, reducing the yield even if the company keeps the same payout rate. For now, investors seem pessimistic about Teekay Tankers' chances.
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