Drilling down into the numbers
Looking past those headline numbers into adjusted earnings, Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) actually reported earnings of $801 million, or $2.01 per share. That’s a bit less than the same quarter of last year where the company produced earnings of $821 million, or $2.07 per share. Those numbers smooth out one-time items, which last year included a large $480 million write-down, and this year included currency and hedging gains. Despite all those moving parts, the company was still able to produce $2.6 billion in cash from operations, which is ahead of last year’s $2.4 billion.
Overall, adjusted earnings of $2.01 per share were in line with what analysts were expecting, though the company did beat on revenue. In fact, Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) saw a 10% boost in its revenue to $4.38 billion, which was well ahead of the $4.28 billion that analysts were expecting. Overall, it was a solid quarter for the company.
The biggest news on the quarter is that Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) saw a 42% jump over last year in its North American onshore liquids production to 175,000 barrels of oil per day. The company saw real strength in the Permian Basin where production was up 32% over the first quarter. These results have given the company enough confidence to boost its drilling activities, with 45 rigs currently running in the Permian.
The Permian really hasn’t been getting the credit it deserves for driving high-margin liquids production growth in the U.S.; it’s still playing second fiddle to the Bakken and Eagle Ford. However, it was one of the driving forces behind Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD)‘s success last quarter. The strong results its seeing in the region is one reason the company recently firmed up production growth guidance this year to 14%-16%. Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), like Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), is really capitalizing on that legacy oil basin and driving solid returns for investors.
Apache is working to narrow its focus in order to increase its returns to investors. Recently, the company announced it was selling its Gulf of Mexico shelf assets for $3.75 billion and will be using those funds to buy back stock and pay down debt. It’s quite clear now that the company intends to focus its efforts on North American liquids projects as well as to continue to deliver results in Egypt. Despite the uncertainty in that country, Apache was able to announce seven new Egyptian oil and gas discoveries, proving that its strategy continues to deliver results.
Final Foolish thoughts
Overall, Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) delivered a solid quarter and its efforts to refocus on areas like the Permian is setting the company up up for long-term growth. Apache is really well positioned to take advantage of the oil and gas boom in North America, while delivering solid cash flow from its international operations. However, its stock has been weighted down by its large operations in Egypt, which makes it an intriguing value given stubbornly high oil prices.
The article Apache’s Earnings: What You Need to Know originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Matt DiLallo.
Fool contributor Matt DiLallo has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apache.
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