Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) stock fell -0.13% on Tuesday to $7.83 against a previous-day closing price of $7.84. With 3.02 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 5.4 million shares. During the session, the Oil & Gas E&P company that operates in wider Energy sector, reached to the highest price of $8.17 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $7.67. The 52-week range on KOS shows that it touched its highest point at $8.48 and its lowest point at $3.89 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $9.79. Beta for the stock currently stands at 2.82.
Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of KOS was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 2.76%, but this was up by 26.90% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 20.83% while six-month performance rose 35.47%. The stock gained 84.67% in the past year, while it has gained 23.11% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for KOS yields 0.94 with Next year EPS estimates of 1.39. For the next quarter, that number is 0.13. This implies an EPS growth rate of 81.60% for this year and 22.76% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 23.80% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 24.00%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 455.84 million KOS shares are outstanding with a float of 443.37 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 28.06 million, which was 6.16% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Andrew G. Inglis as the firm’s Chairman & CEO, Mr. Neal D. Shah serves as its Sr. VP & CFO.
Through their ownership of 93.13% of KOS’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 55.17% of KOS, in contrast to 39.80% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 13.88%. As the largest shareholder in KOS with 11.22% of the stake, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 51,165,414 shares worth 51,165,414. A second-largest stockholder of KOS, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 26,284,481 shares, controlling over 5.77% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in KOS, holding 22,709,154 shares or 4.98% stake. With a 3.86% stake in KOS, the GMO Resources Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 17,575,601 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration &, which owns about 3.34% of KOS stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 15,246,794 shares valued at 96.97 million. Fidelity Series Large Cap Stock F holds 2.95% of the stake in KOS, owning 13,462,455 shares worth 85.62 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for KOS since 8 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 6 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 0 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 2 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With KOS analysts setting a high price target of $12.04 and a low target of $7.96, the average target price over the next 12 months is $10.02. Based on these targets, KOS could surge 53.77% to reach the target high and rise by 1.66% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 27.97% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. KOS will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/26/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $1.71 being high and $0.87 being low. For KOS, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $1.16. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Kosmos Energy Ltd. surprised analysts by $0.04 when it reported $0.19 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.14. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.08. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.29 and the low estimate is $0.10. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.19.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded KOS stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 2 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 294,000 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 29 while that of sell transactions has risen to 15 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 2,279,753 while 1,122,406 shares were sold.