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CONSOL Energy (CEIX) Beats Q1 Earnings & Revenue Estimates

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CONSOL Energy Inc. (CEIX - Free Report) delivered first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $1.21 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents by 53.16%. However, the bottom line decreased year over year by 45%.
 
Revenues
 
The company generated revenues worth $370.6 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $368 million by 0.7%. The top line fell 9.6% year over year. The decline was caused by lower revenues generated from Coal, Freight and Miscellaneous Other Income

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Operational Highlights

Coal production in the quarter was 6.84 million tons, up from 6.7 million tons in the year-ago quarter. 
 
Average revenues per ton sold in the quarter were $49.38, down 6.8% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $52.98. The average revenue per ton was impacted by lower domestic netback pricing compared with the year-ago quarter's level.
 
Average cash cost of coal sales per ton in the quarter was $29.71, higher than the year-ago quarter’s figure of $29.21. The upside can be attributed to increase in project expenses and gas well plugging activities.
 
Total cost of coal sold was $241. 9 million, up 3.3% from $234.1 million in the prior-year quarter.
 
Interest expenses were $18.6 million, down 11.4% from $21 million in the year-ago quarter.
 
Financial Update
 
As of Mar 31, 2019, CONSOL Energy had cash of $155.2 million, down from $235.7 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
 
Total long-term debt as of Mar 31, 2019 was $736.4 million, lower than $734.2 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
 
Cash from operating activities was $82.2 million, down from $115.7 million in the prior-year quarter.
 
Capital expenditure in the first quarter was $34.2 million, up from $21.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
 
Guidance
 
CONSOL Energy expects coal sales volume for 2019 in the range of 26.8-27.8 million tons. Also, average revenue per ton sold is expected in the band of $47.70-$49.70.
 
Adjusted EBITDA is estimated in the range of $380-$440 million. Capital expenditures are anticipated in the band of $155-$185 million.
 
Zacks Rank
 
CONSOL Energy currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Other Coal Releases
 
Arch Coal Inc (ARCH - Free Report) delivered first-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $3.36 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.53 by 32.8%.
 
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP - Free Report) generated first-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $1.03 per unit, which topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 69 cents by 49%.
 
Peabody Energy Corp (BTU - Free Report) announced first-quarter 2019 earnings of $1.15 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents by 130%.
 
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