Eni SpA ( E Quick Quote E - Free Report) shares increased 12% since it reported strong results for the third quarter of 2022.
Eni reported third-quarter adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $2.14 per American Depository Receipt (“ADR”), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.04. The bottom line improved from the year-ago quarter’s 93 cents per ADR.
Total quarterly revenues of $37,866 million increased from $22,702 million a year ago.
The strong quarterly results were driven by the higher average realized price of liquids and natural gas.
The company operates through four business segments — Exploration & Production, Global Gas & LNG Portfolio, Refining & Marketing and Chemicals and Plenitude & Power.
Exploration & Production
The total oil and gas production in the third quarter was 1,578 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), down 7% from 1,688 MBoe/d recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Liquids production was 707 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d), down 12% from the year-ago quarter’s level of 805 MBbl/d. Natural gas production declined 2% year over year to 4,583 million cubic feet per day.
The average realized price of liquids was $91.51 per barrel, up 33% from the $68.83 reported a year ago. The realized natural gas price was $9.08 per thousand cubic feet, up 43% from $6.33 a year ago.
The higher realizations of average liquid and natural gas prices aided the company’s Exploration & Production segment. The segment reported a profit of €4,272 million, skyrocketing from the €2,444 million recorded in the September-end quarter of 2021.
Global Gas & LNG Portfolio
Eni’s worldwide natural gas sales in the September-end quarter were recorded at 13.33 billion cubic meters (bcm), down 22% year over year.
The integrated energy major’s Global Gas & LNG Portfolio business segment reported an adjusted operating profit of €1,083 million, up from the year-ago profit of €50 million. Strong business performance aided the segment.
Refining & Marketing and Chemicals
For the September-end quarter, total refinery throughputs were recorded at 7.05 million tons (mmtons), down 3% year over year. Petrochemical product sales declined 24% year over year to 0.77 mmtons in the third quarter of 2022.
For the quarter under review, the segment reported an adjusted operating profit of €537 million, significantly higher than €186 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to increased production in the Refining and Marketing segment.
Plenitude & Power
Retail gas sales managed by Plenitude declined 3% year over year to 0.61 bcm. Power sales in the open market declined 24% year over year.
Overall, from Plenitude & Power, the company reported a profit of €172 million, reflecting a 169% year-over-year increase.
As of Sept 30, Eni had long-term debt of €19,845 million and cash and cash equivalents of €11,480 million. Its debt to capitalization was 32.1%.
For the reported quarter, net cash generated by operating activities amounted to €5,586 million. Capital expenditure totaled €2,099 million.
For 2022, Eni expects a total hydrocarbon production of 1.63 million boe/d. The company expects to discover new exploration resources of around 750 million boe this year.
Eni projects its 2022 cash flow from operations, before changes in working capital at replacement cost, to grow to €20 billion.
Moreover, the integrated energy major reiterated its organic capital expenditure guidance of €8.3 billion for the year.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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