Antero Resources Corporation AR has gained 3.7% since it reported strong first-quarter 2021 earnings on Apr 28.
The company reported quarterly adjusted earnings per share of 62 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 46 cents. The company’s year-ago loss was 13 cents per share.
Total revenues of $1,204 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,219 million. Moreover, the top line declined substantially from the year-ago quarter’s $1,317 million.
The strong earnings were caused by higher natural gas equivalent price realization. This was offset partially by lower production.
Antero Resources Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Total production through the March quarter was recorded at 299 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), which declined 2% from 306 Bcfe a year ago. Natural gas production (accounting for 69.2% of total output) was almost flat at 208 Bcf as compared to the first quarter of 2020.
Production of oil for the first quarter was 960 thousand barrels (MBbls), up 2% from 938 MBbls in the prior-year period. Its production of 4,405 MBbls of C2 Ethane was 4% lower than 4,604 MBbls in the year-ago quarter. The company’s output of 9,926 MBbls of C3+ NGLs for the quarter was 8% lower than 10,833 MBbls a year ago.
Realized Prices (Excluding Derivatives Settlements)
Weighted natural gas equivalent price realization for the quarter was $4.03 per thousand cubic feet equivalent (Mcfe), higher than the year-earlier figure of $2.30. Realized prices for natural gas rose 76% to $3.48 per Mcf from $1.98 a year ago.
The company’s oil price realization for the quarter was $46.55 per Bbl, up 22% from $38.02 a year ago. Its realized price for C3+ NGLs improved to $40.72 per Bbl from $21.31 in the prior-year quarter. Realized price for C2 Ethane also increased 41% to $8.20 per Bbl from $5.82 a year ago.
Total operating expenses for the quarter under review increased to $1,109.7 million from $1,054.7 million in the year-ago period.
Average lease operating costs for the quarter were 8 cents per Mcfe, flat year over year. The same for gathering and compression rose 17% year over year to 74 cents per Mcfe.
Moreover, transportation expenses rose 10% from the prior-year quarter to 67 cents per Mcfe. However, processing costs contracted 10% year over year to 62 cents per Mcfe.
Capex & Financials
For drilling and completion operations, the company spent $141 million through first-quarter 2021, reflecting a 54% decline from the year-ago period.
As of Mar 31, 2021, Antero had no cash and cash equivalents. It had an available liquidity of $1.8 billion and a long-term debt of $2.6 billion. It has a debt to capitalization of 29.2%.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Antero currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Meanwhile, a few better-ranked players in the energy space include Whiting Petroleum Corporation WLL, Continental Resources, Inc. CLR and Matador Resources Company MTDR. All the stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Whiting Petroleum has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 in the past 30 days.
Continental is expected to witness earnings growth of 256% in 2021.
Matador is likely to see earnings growth of 300% in 2021.
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