Parsley Energy, Inc. (PE - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2020 results wherein earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
The company posted adjusted net earnings per share of 29 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents. Moreover, the bottom line improved from 22 cents per share in first-quarter 2019, attributable to higher year-over-year production volumes.
However, Parsley Energy’s total revenues of $564.8 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales of $590 million due to weak commodity price realization. Meanwhile, the top line surged 32% from $427.67 million a year ago.
Production Data and Realized Prices (Minus Derivatives’ Impact)
Parsley Energy's average quarterly volume expanded 57.1% year over year to 197 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (comprising 84.5% liquids), backed by the rising production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). In the quarter under review, the company placed 46 gross horizontal wells on production.
Average realized oil price declined 12.6% from the year-ago quarter to $45.32 per barrel and natural gas price realization decreased 77.5% to 31 cents per thousand cubic 8. Realized price for NGLs in the quarter was $8.95 per barrel, lower than the year-ago level of $17.97.
Total operating expenses shot up to $5,421.3 million from the year-ago figure of $311.1 million. Further, lease operating costs climbed to $73.6 million from $41.2 million in the prior year. Depreciation costs also jumped to $274.7 million from $173.7 million in the corresponding quarter of last year.
Capex & Balance Sheet
Capital expenditure totaled $379 million, of which 98.2% was allotted to drilling and completion activities while the remaining was spent on water infrastructure and non-operated development operations.
As of Mar 31, 2019, Parsley Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $45.3 million. Its long-term debt was $2,998.7 million, representing total debt to total capital of 41.8%.
The company’s board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share, payable June 19, 2020 to its shareholders of record on June 9.
In the last reported quarter, Parsley Energy reached an agreement to acquire smaller rival Jagged Peak Energy in an all-stock deal. The transaction was completed on Jan 10, 2020 for worth $1.8 billion.
This strategic move provides Jagged Peak Energy’s stockholders with 0.447 shares of Parsley Energy Class A common stock for each share held.
Per Parsley Energy, this “low premium” deal will be immediately accretive to its 2020 cash flow along with net asset value and returns on invested capital. Additionally, this Permian pure play will be able to curb its general and administrative costs by almost $25 million in the first year followed by its annual savings worth $40-$50 million.
This all-stock deal will help the combined entity maintain a strong balance sheet with a pro forma net leverage ratio of 1.6X LTM adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and exploration expense.
The oil industry is battered big time by the coronavirus pandemic that pervaded most sectors until now. Fuel demand took a huge hit following large-scale travel constraints imposed globally.
In response to the bearish oil price trend, Parsley Energytrimmed its 2020 capital spending to below $700 million, more than 50% of which is already spent in the first quarter. Further, the company deferred all its new drilling and completion activity for the time being.
Notably, this Midland, TX-based company anticipates generating a minimum free cash flow of $300 million from operations if WTI Crude prices average between $20 and $30 per barrel for the remaining year.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Parsley Energy has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players in the energy space are CNX Resources Corporation (CNX - Free Report) , Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG - Free Report) and KLR Energy Acquisition Corp. (ROSE - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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