Natural Resource Partners LP (NRP - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.13 per unit, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.44 by 21.5%.
In the quarter under review, Natural Resource Partners’ total revenue of $94.9 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $93 million by 2.1%.
Coal Royalty and Other segment’s revenues and other income (excluding gains on asset sales) in the first half of 2017 decreased 13.8% to $100.7 million from $116.9 million in the year-ago period.
Soda Ash segment’s revenues were $18.7 million in the first half, down 6% from the year-ago period.
Construction Aggregates segment’s revenues in the first half were $60.8 million, up nearly 8.0%.
Highlights of the Release
In the second quarter, coal produced from the company’s leased asset amounted to 6.47 million tons, up 0.3% from 6.45 million tons in the year-ago quarter. Thanks to the improvement in metallurgical coal prices, coal royalty revenues improved from the last-year period.
Total operating expenses in the reported quarter were down 6.3% to $44.5 million from $47.5 million in the prior-year quarter.
Interest expenses dropped 7.7% to $20.4 million from $22.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Natural Resource Partners had cash and cash equivalents of $40.7 million as of Jun 30, 2017, up marginally from $40.4 million as of Dec 31, 2016.
The partnership continues to lower outstanding debt levels. Long-term debt was $700.2 million as of Jun 30, 2017, down from $987.4 million as of Dec 31, 2016.
In the quarter, cash from operating activities was $34.8 million, up 95.5% from $17.8 million in the prior-year period.
Natural Resource Partners currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of the Peers
Other operators in the industry like CONSOL Energy (CNX - Free Report) , Alliance Resource Partners LP (ARLP - Free Report) and SunCoke Energy (SXC - Free Report) surpassed their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate in second-quarter earnings.
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