The stock of Brazil's state-run energy giant Petroleo Brasileiro S.A., or
Petrobras ( PBR Quick Quote PBR - Free Report) , has gained more than 22% since its first-quarter results were announced on Apr 27. The positive response could be attributed to the company’s massive surge in year-over-year profits, with help from surging commodity prices. What Did Petrobras’ Earnings Unveil?
Petrobras announced first-quarter earnings per ADS of $1.29, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08 and soaring from the year-ago profit of 3 cents. The outperformance can be attributed to higher oil prices and strong downstream results, which more than offset the rising pre-salt lifting costs.
Recurring net income, which strips one-time items, came in at $8,373 million compared to just $224 million a year earlier. Petrobras’ adjusted EBITDA rose to $14,961 million from $8,906 million a year ago. The company reported revenues of $27,189 million, which jumped 73.2% from the year-earlier sales of $15,698 million but came in slightly below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $27,954 million due to lower oil product sales following the divestment of its RLAM refinery. Costs
During the period, Petrobras’ sales, general and administrative expenses were $1,477 million, 21% higher than the year-ago period. Selling expenses also rose from $948 million a year ago to $1,178 million. However, these increases were largely offset by sharp declines in exploration costs and other taxes. Consequently, total operating expenses climbed 5.4% from the corresponding quarter last year.
But the escalation in costs was comprehensively canceled by soaring revenues, which meant that PBR reported an operating income of $12,268 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $5,975 million a year ago. Financial Position
During the three months ended Mar 31, 2022, Petrobras’ capital investments and expenditures totaled $1,768 million compared with $1,913 million in the prior-year quarter.
Importantly, the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company generated positive free cash flow for the 28th consecutive quarter, with the metric rising to $7,932 million from $5,594 million recorded in last year’s corresponding period. At the end of the first quarter, Petrobras had a net debt of $40,072 million, decreasing from $58,424 million a year ago and $47,626 million as of Dec 31, 2021. The company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $17,232 million. Meanwhile, Petrobras’ net debt to trailing 12 months EBITDA ratio improved to 0.81 from 2.03 in the previous year. It was also better than 1.09 at the end of 2021. Other Energy Picks
Apart from Petrobras, investors interested in the
energy sector might look at Devon Energy ( DVN Quick Quote DVN - Free Report) , Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ Quick Quote CNQ - Free Report) and Marathon Oil ( MRO Quick Quote MRO - Free Report) . You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here Devon Energy: Devon Energy is valued at some $46.2 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for DVN’s 2022 earnings has been revised 33% upward over the past 60 days. Devon Energy, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, delivered an 8.1% beat in Q1. DVN shares have surged around 192.4% in a year. Canadian Natural Resources: CNQ beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in each of the last four quarters. The company has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 17.6%, on average. Canadian Natural is valued at around $71.5 billion. CNQ has seen its shares gain around 97.7% in a year. Marathon Oil: Marathon Oil is valued at some $19.3 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for MRO’s 2022 earnings has been revised 58.3% upward over the past 60 days. Marathon Oil, headquartered in Houston, TX, has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of roughly 23%, on average. MRO shares have gained around 138.3% in a year.