Matador Resources Company MTDR reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 19 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 16 cents. However, the bottom line declined from the year-ago profit of 36 cents.
Revenues of $173.9 million declined from the year-ago level of $191.2 million and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $197.1 million due to lower commodity price realizations.
First-quarter 2019 earnings were supported by higher production volumes, partially offset by increased lease operating costs and lower commodity price realizations.
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During first-quarter 2019, total production volumes averaged 5,395 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (MBOE) (comprising 57.6% oil), higher than 4,075 MBOE recorded a year ago.
The average production volumes of oil were recorded at 34,517 barrels per day (Bbls/d), up from 26,465 Bbls/d in first-quarter 2018. Natural gas production was recorded at 152.5 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), up from 112.9 MMcf/d a year ago. Record oil-equivalent production in the Delaware Basin aided the quarterly volumes.
Price Realization Falls
Realized price for oil (including derivatives) was recorded at $50.72 per barrel, down from $60.40 in the year-ago quarter. Also, natural gas price of $2.84 per thousand cubic feet was lower than $3.33 in the prior-year quarter.
The company’s production taxes, transportation and processing costs declined to $3.65 per BOE from $4.37 in the year-ago quarter. Lease operating costs increased from $5.44 per BOE in first-quarter 2018 to $5.78. Plant and other midstream services operating expenses rose to $1.73 per BOE in the quarter from the year-ago period’s $1.04.
As of Mar 31, 2019, the company had cash and restricted cash of $46.7 million. Long-term debt totaled $1,398.2 million, which includes $140 million of borrowing under its credit agreement. Its debt-to-capitalization ratio stands at 43.8%.
The company spent $193 million through the first quarter of 2019. Matador Resources allocated $177 million of the total amount to drill, equip and complete wells, and $16 million toward midstream operations.
Matador Resources expects oil production to increase 1-2% sequentially in the second quarter of the year. Moreover, it anticipates second-quarter natural gas production to decline 7-9% from the prior-year period.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Currently, Matador Resources carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Prospective players in the energy space worth considering include Cactus, Inc. WHD, Hess Corporation HES and Chevron Corporation CVX, each holding a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Cactus’ earnings growth is projected at 11.8% through 2019.
Hess’ earnings are expected to grow 90.5% through 2019.
Chevron’s earnings are likely to grow 3.4% on a year-over-year basis in the second quarter of 2019.
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