Concho Resources Inc. reported second-quarter 2020 net income per share (excluding special items) of $1.13, outperforming the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 33 cents as well as the prior-year period’s earnings of 69 cents. The company’s bottom line was favorably impacted by better-than-expected daily production volumes. Precisely, the upstream player’s output of 319 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d) surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 310.1 MBoe/d. However, this Permian-focused player’s revenues of $474 million missed the consensus mark of $850 million and also declined from the year-ago level of $1.13 billion due to lower commodity price realizations. The company’s adjusted EBITDA decreased 11.85% from the year-ago quarter to $632 million while cash flow from operating activities improved to $1.52 billion from $1.40 billion. In another second-quarter update, Solaris Water Midstream announced the expansion of its joint venture with Concho wherein the former will be in charge of the latter's produced water gathering, transportation, disposal and recycling activities across a 2.3 million-acre area in Eddy and Lea counties of New Mexico. Volume Analysis Concho's average quarterly volume declined 3.04% year over year to 319MBoe/d (62.7% oil). Daily oil output fell 7.4% year over year to 200 thousand barrels while natural gas production slipped 2.44% year over year to 719 million cubic feet (MMcf). Realized Prices (Excluding Derivatives Effect) The average realized natural gas price decreased from $1.16 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in the year-ago quarter to 68 cents. The average oil price realization came in at $23.66 per barrel, lower than $56.02 in the year-ago period. Overall, the company fetched $16.31 per Boe compared with $37.68 a year ago. Operating Performance The company reported an operating loss of $508 million. Operating expenses in the quarter amounted to $982 million. A year ago, Concho recorded an operating loss of $405 million. However, as part of its efforts to improve costs as well as margins, the company succeeded in cutting 25% of its controllable expenses year over year to $7.49 per Boe. Balance Sheet As of Jun 30, this Midland, TX-based oil and gas producer had long-term debt of $4 billion, representing a total debt-to-total capital of 33.3%. Guidance For the ongoing year, Concho projects its controllable costs to stay below $8.50 per Boe. The company reiterates its 2020 output and capex guidance at 197,000 Boe/day and $1.6 billion, respectively. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider Concho has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), currently. Some better-ranked players in the energy space are Halliburton Company ( HAL Quick Quote HAL - Free Report) , Core Laboratories NV ( CLB Quick Quote CLB - Free Report) and Newpark Resources Inc ( NR Quick Quote NR - Free Report) , each stock carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here 5 Stocks Set to Double Each was hand-picked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favoritestock to gain +100% or more in 2020. Each comes from a different sector and has unique qualities and catalysts that could fuel exceptional growth. Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.
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