Eni SpA E reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings from continuing operations of 67 cents per American Depository Receipt/ADR, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 76 cents. Lower oil equivalent production attributed to the underperformance.
The bottom line came almost in line with the year-ago figure of 66 cents, thanks to higher natural gas price realizations.
Total revenues in the quarter were €18,801 million, up from $18,067 million in the year-ago period.
Total liquids and gas production in the first quarter was 1,832 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day, down 2% year over year. Termination of production contract at the Intisar gas field in Libya primarily attributed to the downside.
Liquids production was 887 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d), increasing marginally from the year-ago level of 885 MBbl/d. However, natural gas production fell nearly 4% year over year to 5,157 million cubic feet per day.
Realized price of liquids was $58.08 per barrel, which fell 5% from the year-ago figure of $61.17. However, realized natural gas price was $5.61 per thousand cubic feet, up 25% from $4.50 in the year-ago quarter.
Gas sales were 21.33 billion cubic meters, down 5% from the year-ago quarter. The decline was caused by lower sales in Italy and the rest of Europe.
As of Mar 31, the company had a long-term debt (including current portion) of €23.4 billion. Its debt-to-capitalization ratio was 33%.
In the reported quarter, net cash generated by operating activities amounted to €2.1 billion. Net capital expenditure totaled €1.9 billion.
The company expects production growth of hydrocarbon through 2019 to be 2.5%. For 2019, the integrated energy player projects capital budget at €8 billion.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Eni currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Meanwhile, some better-ranked players in the energy space are Anadarko Petroleum Corporation APC, ProPetro Holding Corp. PUMP and TransCanada Corp. TRP. While Anadarko sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), ProPetro and TransCanada both hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Anadarko Petroleum delivered average positive earnings surprise of 6.6% in the last four quarters.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Midland, TX-based ProPetro’s 2019 earnings is pegged at $2.42, indicating 21% growth from the year-ago reported figure. Next year’s forecast is $2.70, hinting at 11.5% growth.
TransCanada surpassed earnings estimates in the last four quarters, with the average being 19%.
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