Domestic energy explorer
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
) is set to release its first-quarter 2013 results on Wednesday,
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In the preceding three-month period, Cabot delivered a positive
14.29% earnings surprise - the second outperformance in
succession - helped by higher volumes and crude oil prices. Let's
see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.
Factors to Consider This Quarter
Cabot's high natural gas exposure raises its sensitivity to gas
price fluctuations, compared to its more-diversified independent
peers with higher oil production. While cold winter weather
across most parts of the country and flat production volumes have
boosted natural gas prices in recent times, the onset of summer
is likely to test the commodity prices once more. This is likely
to affect the company's earnings and cash flows.
Being a relatively small player, Cabot lacks the financial
resources of larger industry giants. As such, during the current
prolonged credit crunch, the company is forced to spend within
its internal cash generation. This may prove detrimental to its
growth plans and lower its results.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Cabot is likely
to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the first quarter. That
is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP
(Read: Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method) and a Zacks Rank #1
(Strong Buy) or at least Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or Zacks Rank #3
(Hold) for this to happen. Unfortunately this is not the case
here as elaborated below.
Negative Zacks ESP:
This is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 25 cents,
while the Zacks Consensus is higher at 26 cents. This results in
a difference of -3.85%.
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold):
Cabot's Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), however, increases the predictive
power of ESP. That said, we also need to have a positive ESP to
be confident of an earnings surprise call.
We caution against stocks with Zacks Rank #4 and 5 (Sell rated
stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the
company is seeing a negative estimate revisions momentum.
Stocks to Consider
Here are some energy firms you may want to consider on the basis
of our model, which shows that they have the right combination of
elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:
Exterran Partners L.P.
), Earnings ESP of +4.35% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
EPL Oil & Gas Inc.
) , Earnings ESP of +12.50% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
), Earnings ESP of +28.95% and Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).