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Alliance Resource (ARLP) Q2 Earnings Lag Estimates, View Cut

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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (ARLP - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 44 per unit, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 65 cents by 32.3%.

Total Revenues

Total revenues in the reported quarter were $517.1 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $524 million by 1.3%. However, the reported revenues reflected year-over-year growth of 0.2%.

The year-over-year improvement in the top line was on account of oil and gas royalties, as well as increased revenues from transportation.

Operational Update

In the reported quarter, Alliance Resource sold 10.216 million tons of coal at an average sales price of $45.16 per ton compared with 10.488 million tons an average sales price of $45.38 in second-quarter 2018.

Total operating expenses in the quarter under review were $448.7 million, increasing 4.9% year over year.

Interest expenses were $10.7 million, increasing 8.1% year over year.

Financial Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents as of Jun 30, 2019 were $55.2 million compared with $244.1 million at the end of 2018.

Long-term debt as of the same date was $467.1 million compared with $564 million at 2018-end.

Cash used in operating activities during the first half of 2019 was $209.8 million compared with $128 million in the comparable year-ago period.

Guidance

Alliance Resource lowered its total 2019 production guidance to the range to 40.8-42.3 million from earlier expectation of 43.5-45 million short tons. The downward revision in coal production view takes into account the decline in demand due to mild weather, reduction in export and strong competition from natural gas.

Net income in 2019 is expected in the range of $432.5-$472.5 million and EBITDA is projected within $625-$665 million.

The company expects 2019 capital expenditure in the range of $345-$375 million.

Zacks Rank

Alliance Resource currently has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
 
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