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Pioneer Natural Resources Company PXD reported first-quarter 2021 earnings of $1.77 per share (excluding one-time items), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.50 per share. Moreover, the bottom line increased from the year-ago quarter’s $1.15 per share.
The company’s total quarterly revenues of $2,444 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,375 million. Also, the top line improved 8.3% from the year-ago quarter’s $2,257 million.
The strong quarterly results can be attributed to increased oil equivalent production volumes and higher realizations of crude prices.
Pioneer Natural Resources Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Total production for the reported quarter was 473.9 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), up from the year-ago figure of 375.2 MBoe/d.
Oil production was 281 thousand barrels per day (MBbls/d), up from the year-ago quarter’s 222.7 MBbls/d. NGLs production was 105.7 MBbls/d compared with the year-ago quarter’s 84.4 MBbls/d. Moreover, natural gas production amounted to 523.5 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d), up from the year-ago quarter’s 408.9 MMcf/d.
On an oil-equivalent basis, average realized price was $42.75 per barrel for the reported quarter compared with $32.08 a year ago. The company reported average realized crude price of $56.71 a barrel, up from $45.60 reported in the March-end quarter of 2020.
Average natural gas price improved to $3.04 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) from $1.61 in the prior-year quarter. Moreover, natural gas liquids were sold at $25.90 a barrel, up from $14.52 a year ago.
The company’s expenses for oil and gas production were $252 million, up from $176 million in the year-ago quarter. Moreover, total costs and expenses increased to $2,525 million for the first quarter from $1,892 million in the year-ago period.
Cash, Debt and Capex
As of Mar 31, 2021, the cash balance totaled $668 million, while long-term debt summed $6,177 million. It had a debt to capitalization of 25.4%.
In the March-end quarter, the company spent $605 million.
For 2021, Pioneer Natural expects oil production of 351 to 366 thousand barrels of oil per day (MBo/d). Also, the company projects a total production of 605-631 MBoe/d.
For the second quarter, it expects total production of 606-632 MBoe/d and oil production of 352-367 MBo/d.
Pioneer Natural anticipates its total capital budget for 2021 to be between 3.1 billion and $3.4 billion. Notably, it believes that the capital spending will be fully funded by its $5.9 billion projected cash flow.
Moreover, the company is planning to start distributing quarterly variable dividends from 2022.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Pioneer Natural currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked players in the energy space are Sasol Ltd. SSL, Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM, each currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and Diamondback Energy, Inc. FANG, carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Sasol’s earnings for 2021 are expected to surge 81.5% year over year.
Exxon’s earnings for 2021 are expected to increase 17.8% year over year.
Diamondback’s bottom line for 2021 is expected to rise 29.2% year over year.
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