Range Resources Corporation (RRC - Free Report) delivered second-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 2 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a break-even earnings. However, the company’s bottom line declined significantly from the year-ago earnings of 20 cents per share.
In the quarter under review, total revenues amounted to $851 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $649 million. Moreover, the same improved nearly 30% from $656 million in the prior-year quarter.
The better-than-expected results were supported by higher natural gas equivalent production volumes from the Appalachian Basin. This was partially offset by lower price realizations of commodities.
During the second quarter, the company’s production averaged almost 2287.3 million cubic feet equivalent per day (MMcfe/d), up from 2200.3 MMcfe/d in the prior-year period. Natural gas contributed 69% to total production while NGL and oil accounted for the remaining 31%.
Oil production dropped 19% on a year-over-year basis. However, natural gas liquid (NGL) and natural gas production increased 4% and 5% year over year, respectively.
Notably, production of 2,062 MMcfe/d from the Appalachian Basin increased 10% year over year. The year-over-year growth in the Appalachian Basin drove the upstream energy player’s total production volumes.
The company’s total price realization (including derivative settlements and after third-party transportation costs) averaged $1.42 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), down 25% year over year. Also, NGL prices totaled $6.81 per barrel, down 35% year over year.
Natural gas prices declined 21% on a year-over-year basis to $1.25 per thousand cubic feet. Further, crude oil prices totaled $51.02 per barrel, down 4% year over year.
Total expenses were $696.14 million, down 9% year over year. This was primarily backed by a fall in the operating expense to $33.4 million from the prior-year figure of $34.5 million. However, the exploration cost rose to $7.7 million from the prior-year number of $7.1 million.
Capital Expenditure & Financials
The company incurred drilling and completion expenditures worth $183 million in the reported quarter.
At the end of the second quarter, the company had long-term debt of approximately $3,792.5 million with a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 47.6%.
For the third quarter of 2019, the company estimates production in the range of 2.25-2.26 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) per day, excluding daily volumes of 50 Mmcfe from asset divestments. Forthe full year, production is reaffirmed at2.3 Bcfe per day.
The upstream energy player maintains 2019 capital spending at $756 million, which suggests a decline from $910 million reported in 2018.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Range Resources carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players in the energy space are Oasis Midstream Partners LP (OMP - Free Report) , Plains Group Holdings, L.P. (PAGP - Free Report) and Delek US Holdings, Inc (DK - Free Report) . While Oasis Midstream Partners and Plains Group Holdings sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Delek US Holdings carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Oasis Midstream Partners provide full-service midstream solutions, such as gathering, processing, compressing and transporting to customers, catering to their oil, natural gas and water needs. The company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the last four quarters.
Plains Group Holdings — the parent company of Plains All American Pipeline — was formed as a holding company in 2013 to own and manage Plains American Pipeline.The company delivered average positive earnings surprise of 62.68% in the last four quarters.
Delek US Holdings is a downstream company, operating through five segments: refining, logistics, asphalt, renewable and retail.It came up with average positive surprise of 59.23% in the last four quarters.
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