Crestwood Equity Partners LP’s ( CEQP Quick Quote CEQP - Free Report) units have declined 2.7% since the first-quarter 2022 earnings announcement on Apr 26. The downward stock movement primarily occurred as the partnership’s first-quarter earnings lagged estimates.
The partnership incurred a first-quarter adjusted loss of 4 cents per unit against the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of 57 cents. The bottom line fared better than the year-ago adjusted loss of 86 cents per unit.
Total revenues surged to $1,583.8 million from $1,032.7 million in the prior-year quarter. Also, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,445 million.
Lower-than-expected quarterly earnings can be attributed to higher operating expenses. The negatives were partially offset by higher gas gathering and processing volumes.
For the first quarter, Crestwood’s board of directors announced a quarterly cash distribution of 65.5 cents per limited partner unit, suggesting a 5% increase quarter over quarter. The distribution is payable on May 13, 2022, to unitholders of record as of May 6, 2022.
Segmental Performance Gathering and Processing North: The segment generated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $133.3 million, up from $103.6 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating and maintenance expenses increased to $23.7 million from the year-ago level of $15.1 million.
Total gas gathering volumes for the quarter were 345.6 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), up from 232.5 MMcf/d a year ago. Gathering volumes increased in the Williston Basin, while the same declined marginally in the Powder River Basin. Total processing volumes increased to 374.4 MMcf/d from the year-ago level of 227.1 MMcf/d.
Gathering and Processing South: The segment generated an EBITDA of $27.4 million, up from $15.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating and maintenance expenses increased to $6.7 million from the year-ago level of $6.3 million.
Total gas gathering volumes for the quarter were 662.9 MMcf/d, up from 600.9 MMcf/d a year ago. Gathering volumes declined in Marcellus, while the same rose in Delaware and Bakken shale play. Total processing volumes increased to 188 MMcf/d from the year-ago level of 129.9 MMcf/d. Yet, compression volumes declined to 241.5 MMcf/d from 278.3 MMcf/d in the year-ago period.
Storage and Logistics: It generated earnings of $15.5 million, turning around from a loss of $38.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating and maintenance expenses of $12 million increased from the year-ago quarter’s $11.4 million.
NGL volumes sold or processed in the first quarter were 160 MBbls/d, up from 151.5 MBbls/d in the year-ago period.
Total operating expenses and others increased to $164.4 million from $112.1 million in the year-ago period.
General and administrative expenses increased to $43.4 million in the March-end quarter from $18.7 million in first-quarter 2021. Also, operation and maintenance costs increased to $42.4 million from $32.8 million a year ago.
Distributable cash flow in the first quarter was $116.7 million, up from $108.4 million in the year-ago period.
Free cash flow after distributions was $28.3 million for the March-end quarter, down from $63.6 million in the year-ago period.
As of Mar 31, 2022, the partnership had $11.9 million in cash, down from $13.3 million at the fourth-quarter end. Total debt of $2,810.1 million at the first-quarter end increased from $2,052.3 million at the fourth-quarter end.
For 2022, Crestwood reiterated its adjusted EBITDA guidance at $780-$840 million. The partnership expects free cash flow after paying distributions of $75-$135 million.
Crestwood expects capital spending related to growth projects of $160-$180 million for the year.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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