Williams Partners L.P. WPZ reported first-quarter 2017 earnings of 68 cents per limited partner unit, which handily beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 35 cents. The company had inured a loss of 25 cents per limited partner unit in the prior-year quarter. The improvement was mainly driven by lower selling, general and administrative expenses as well as lesser product costs.
Quarterly total revenue increased 19.9% year over year to $1.98 billion from $1.65 billion. The top line met the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.98 billion.
Williams Partners' distributable cash flow (DCF) attributable to partnership operations in the reported quarter was $752 million as against $739 million in the year-ago quarter. Recently, the partnership announced a regular quarterly cash distribution of 60 cents per unit.
Consolidated adjusted segment profit was $1,117.0 million, up 5.4% from the year-ago level of $1,060.0 million.
Northeast G&P: The segment reported profits of $227 million as against $225 million in first-quarter 2016. The improvement was primarily driven by lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
Atlantic-Gulf: The segment reported profits of $453 million compared with $405 million in the year-ago quarter. This was primarily due to higher transportation fee revenues from offshore expansion projects completed during 2016 and new Transco projects - Rock Springs and Gulf Trace.
West: Segmental profit was $389 million as against $400 million a year ago. The decrease was due to lower fee revenues from the Barnett shale owing to lower volumes.
NGL & Petchem Services: The segment reported profits of $49 million compared with $30 million in the year-earlier quarter.
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Williams Partners carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks from the same space are SunCoke Energy, Inc. SXC, Enerplus Corporation ERF and Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. BXE. All these stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
SunCoke Energy posted a positive earnings surprise of 120.0% in the preceding quarter. The company beat estimates in two of the four trailing quarters with an average negative earnings surprise of 35.78%.
Enerplus Corporation posted a positive earnings surprise of 66.67% in the preceding year quarter.
Bellatrix Exploration posted a positive earnings surprise of 240.00% in the preceding quarter. It surpassed estimates in three of the four trailing quarters with an average positive earnings surprise of 58.54%.
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