U.S. energy firm Apache Corp. (APA - Free Report) reported second-quarter loss per share – excluding one-time items – of 21 cents against the Zacks Consensus Estimate for a profit of a penny. The underperformance stems from a dip in output due to a conservative capital budget over the past two years. However, the bottom line improved from the year-ago loss of 26 cents amid higher realizations.
Revenues of $1,384 million were below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,419 million but managed to beat the second-quarter 2016 sales of $1,382 million.
The production of oil and natural gas (excluding divested assets and non-controlling interests) averaged 387,562 oil-equivalent barrels per day (BOE/d) (65% liquids), down 16% from last year. Apache’s production for oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) was 250,251 barrels per day (Bbl/d), while natural gas output came in at 823.9 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d).
The average realized crude oil price during the second quarter was $46.89 per barrel, representing an increase of 9% from the year-ago realization of $43.14. Moreover, the average realized natural gas price during the Jun quarter of 2017 was $2.60 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf), up 27% from the year-ago period.
Balance Sheet, Capital Spending & Lease Operating Expenses
As of Jun 30, 2017, Apache had approximately $1,667 million in cash and cash equivalents. The Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company had a long-term debt of $8,329 million, representing a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 54.7%.
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During the oil rout, Apache– like many other oil and gas players including ConocoPhillips (COP - Free Report) , Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK - Free Report) and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO - Free Report) – aligned its spending plans with the low-price environment.
But Apache is now looking to increase its capital investment after achieving cost rationalization. With returns-focused growth in mind, Apache announced a 2017 capital budget of $3.1 billion, representing a 60% increase over its 2016 spend. Keeping with the company’s planned shift in strategic objective, Apache’s oil and gas capital investments totaled $738 million during the Apr-Jun period, 85% higher than the $400 million incurred a year ago.
Apache’s second quarter lease operating expenses totaled $372 million, up 4% from the year-ago quarter. However, total costs and expenses fell 17% from the second quarter of 2016 to $1,375 million.
Apache has lost 24.5% of its value year to date versus the 26.6% decline of its industry.
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