Natural Resource Partners LP NRP delivered second-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $2.74 per unit, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.42 by 92.96%.
In the quarter, total revenues of $81.5 million beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $62 million by 32.47%. Also, the top line improved 17% from the year-ago quarter’s level.
The upside was driven by revenues in the higher Coal Royalty and Other segments as well as Transportation and processing services.
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Highlights of the Release
The Coal Royalty and Other segment contributed 79.3% to total revenues in the second quarter.
Total operating expenses in the quarter rose 23.4% to $20.6 million from $16.7 million in the prior-year quarter. The uptick can be attributed to higher operating and maintenance as well as general and administrative expenses.
Interest expenses declined 29.7% to $12.4 million from $17.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
Natural Resource had cash and cash equivalents of $70.8 million as of Jun 30, 2019, down from $101.8 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
The partnership continues to lower outstanding debt levels. Long-term debt was $498 million as of Jun 30, 2019, down from $557.5 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Cash flow from operating activities in the first six months of 2019 was $76.2 million, up from $71.3 million in first six months of 2018.
Natural Resource currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Arch Coal Inc ARCH delivered second-quarter 2019 operating earnings of $3.53 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.31 by 6.65%.
Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. ARLP reported second-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 44 per unit, which missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 65 cents by 32.3%.
SunCoke Energy Inc SXC delivered second-quarter 2019 operating earnings of 3 cents per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 20 cents by 85%.
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