The Bottom Is In For Hi-Crush's Stock

Jun. 11, 2019 7:22 PM ETHi-Crush Inc. (HCRSQ)125 Comments
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  • Insider buying and a new buyback authorization could be a clear signal that Hi-Crush's bottom is in and better times are ahead.
  • Hi-Crush has the liquidity to outlast the downturn as the industry consolidates and restructures.
  • C-Corp conversion will open new doors as Permian bottlenecks abate and sand pricing bottoms out.

Hi-Crush Inc. (HCR) continues its aggressive strategy by combining recent insider purchases in front of a much-needed brand new share buyback program. Hi-Crush has the finances to outlast the current market downturn as takeaway capacity is expected to ease in the back half of 2019. The company's successful C-Corp conversion begins a new chapter for the company as it could refinance its high rate debt down to a lower rate during the next upturn in the industry.

Hi-Crush management just launched a new $25M share buyback program which should bring some much-needed relief to highly undervalued shares of this Permian frac sand player. In an industry known for wild swings in volatility, buying shares in overdone downturns make much more sense than instituting a dividend would have. Hi-Crush now trades at a paltry 2.38 trailing P/E with a sub $200M market cap as the sand industry, along with most of the oil industry, has had a very hard year so far.

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However, better times are being signaled not only by the newly announced share buyback program but also by management front-running the announcement with some key insider buying. The only open market insider trades so far in 2019 for Hi-Crush have just recently happened on June 7, 2019, with 100,000 shares bought by Chairman and CEO Robert E. Rasmus and 25,000 shares bought by the company's CFO Laura C. Fulton. These are key signals because management has the best visibility on if and when the downturn in the market will be happening along with their confidence in the business as a whole going forward.

Cash is always a concern for those in the frac sand industry as it continues to be hit with volatile swings in earnings with repeating boom and bust cycles. This has led to consolidation

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Disclosure: I am/we are long HCR. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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