Range Resources Corporation’s ( RRC Quick Quote RRC - Free Report) shares have gained almost 4% since it reported strong second-quarter earnings on Jul 25.
The company posted second-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of $1.27 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.21 per share. The bottom line significantly improved from the prior-year quarter’s earnings of 24 cents per share.
Total quarterly revenues of $1,225.1 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $981 million. The top line also improved from the prior-year quarter’s $434.7 million.
The strong quarterly results were driven by higher realizations of commodity prices.
For second-quarter 2022, the company’s production averaged 2,073.9 million cubic feet equivalent per day, down 1% from the prior-year period. Natural gas contributed 69.8% to total production, while NGLs and oil accounted for the rest.
Oil production declined 8% from the year-ago period, while NGL output declined 4%. Natural gas production remained flat year over year.
Its total price realization (excluding derivative settlements and before third-party transportation costs) averaged $7.19 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), up 121% year over year. Natural gas prices rose 183% on a year-over-year basis to $6.91 per Mcf. NGL and oil prices increased 53% and 76%, respectively.
Costs & Expenses
Total costs and expenses rose to $669 million from $592.5 million in the year-ago quarter. Total transportation, gathering, processing and compression costs, as well as exploration costs, increased in the reported quarter.
Direct operating costs of 10 cents per Mcfe in the June-end quarter of 2022 remained flat from the year-ago quarter. Transportation, gathering, processing and compression expenses were recorded at $1.70 per Mcfe, higher than $1.48 in the prior-year quarter.
Capital Expenditure & Balance Sheet
In second-quarter 2022, the company’s drilling and completion expenditure was $119 million. An amount of $7.5 million was used in acreage and gathering facilities.
At the second-quarter end, it had total debt of $1,830.5 million, with a debt-to-capitalization of 48.1%.
For 2022, Range Resources reiterated its total production guidance of 2.12-2.16 billion cubic feet equivalent per day (Bcfe/d), with 30% attributed to liquids production.
RRC anticipates capital spending of $460-$480 million for the year. Direct operating expenses are projected to be 9-11 cents per Mcfe, while exploration expenses are estimated to be $22-$28 million.
The upstream energy firm expects the free cash flow to exceed $1.5 billion this year. Also, it expects to initiate a dividend of $0.32 per share (at an annualized rate) in the third quarter.
Range Resources currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see
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