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Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. ARLP reported third-quarter 2018 operating earnings of 55 cents per unit, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 74 cents per unit by 25.7%. However, earnings were 5.8% higher than the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 52 cents.
Total revenues in the reported quarter were $497.8 million, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $505 million. Quarterly revenues reflect year-over-year growth of 9.8%.
The year-over-year improvement in the top line was on account of overall higher coal sale volume coupled with higher metallurgical coal realization price in the Appalachia. Further, increased revenues from transportation aided top-line performance.
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Illinois Basin: The segment reported total sales of $289.3 million, up 3.8% from the prior-year period. Sales volume of coal for the quarter under review went up by 5.4%. However, price per ton of coal was down by nearly 1.6% year over year.
Appalachia: The segment reported total sales of $168.4 million, up 10.9% from the prior-year period. Sales volume of coal for the quarter under review went up by 1.9%. Moreover, price per ton of coal was up by nearly 8.8% year over year.
In the reported quarter, Alliance Resource’s total operating expenses were $423.1 million, up 9.2% year over year.
Interest expenses were $9.8 million, down 8.7% year over year.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Sep 30, 2018, were $38.4 million compared with $6.8 million at the end of 2017.
Long-term debt as of Sep 30, 2018, was $388.2 million compared with $415.9 million at the end of 2017.
Cash provided from operating activities for the nine months ended Sep 30, 2018, was $579.3 million compared with $456.1 million in the year-ago period.
Alliance Resource expects total 2018 net income of $415-$425 million and EBITDA of $730-$740 million.
The company provided 2018 capex of $245-$260 million for the coal business.
Alliance Resource currently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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