The following are today’s upgrades for Validea’s Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski. This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

GOLAR LNG LIMITED (USA) (GLNG) is a small-cap stock in the Water Transportation industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs). The Company’s segments include Vessel operations, LNG trading and FLNG. Under the Vessel operations segment, the Company operates and charters out LNG carriers and FSRUs on fixed terms to customers. Through the LNG trading segment, the Company provides physical and financial risk management in LNG and gas markets for customers around the world. The FLNG segment includes the costs associated with the conversion of its LNG carrier, the Hilli, to a FLNG. The Company, along with its affiliate, Golar LNG Partners LP, has a combined fleet of approximately 30 vessels.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: FAIL
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS PASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: PASS

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About Joseph Piotroski: Piotroski isn’t your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he’s not even a professional investor. He’s a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled “Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers”. In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 — more than double the S&P 500’s gain during that time. Piotroski’s findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

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