Energy Transfer LP (ET - Free Report) is scheduled to release second-quarter 2020 results on Aug 5. In the last reported quarter, this oil and gas midstream firm delivered a negative earnings surprise of 43.8%.
Let’s discuss the factors that are likely to get reflected in the upcoming quarterly results.
Factors to Note
Given the unprecedented economic crisis, E&P operators lowered production in the second quarter in view of declining demand for commodities. Since Energy Transfer’s earnings are primarily supported by fee-based contracts, the drop in production resulted in lower volumes through pipelines. This in turn is expected to have adversely impacted earnings.
The firm placed a couple of projects in service during the first quarter, which is expected to have contributed to second-quarter earnings.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter earnings and revenues is pegged at 2 cents per unit and $11.billion, respectively. The revenue and earnings estimates indicate a decline of 16.43% and 24.24%, respectively, from the year-ago reported figures.
What Our Quantitative Model Predicts
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Energy Transfer this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here.
Earnings ESP: It has an Earnings ESP of -10.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Zacks Rank: Currently, Energy Transfer carries a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Stocks to Consider
Investors can consider some players from the same sector that have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings this season.
MPLX LP (MPLX - Free Report) is scheduled to release second-quarter 2020 numbers on Aug 3. It has an Earnings ESP of +3.73% and a Zacks Rank #3, currently.
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA - Free Report) is slated to release second-quarter 2020 numbers on Aug 4. It has an Earnings ESP of +12.92% and a Zacks Rank of 3, at present.
Rattler Midstream LP (RTLR - Free Report) is set to release second-quarter earnings on Aug 5. It has an Earnings ESP of +4.50% and a Zacks Rank #3, at present.
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