) first quarter 2013 adjusted earnings from continuing operations
of $1.06 per American Depository Receipt/ADR (€0.40 per share)
failed to meet the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08 and also
decreased from the year-earlier earnings of $1.78 per ADR (€0.68
per share). The decline was mainly due to lesser production and
lower realized average prices.
Total revenue in the quarter increased 6.3% to €33.1 billion
($43.8 billion) from the year-ago revenue of €31.2 billion ($40.8
billion). The revenue came below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
Total liquids and gas production in the quarter was 1,600
thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (MBoe/d), down 4.9%
year over year, mainly due to the shut down of production in the
United Kingdom, force majeure actions in Nigeria as well as Libya
and mature field declines. Further, the disposals during 2012
relating to the divestment of 10% interest in Karachaganak field
and stake reduction in Galp also affected the production.
However, the development as well as commissioning of new fields
in Russia, Egypt and Angola, offset mature field declines.
Liquids production was 818 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d),
down 5.7% from the year-ago level of 867 MBbl/d. Natural gas
production increased 4.2% year over year to 4,290 million cubic
feet per day (MMcf/d).
Gas sales were 30.22 billion cubic meters (Bcm), down 1.3% from
the year-ago quarter, reflecting weak sales in the industrial and
residential segments as well as a fall in consumption due to the
As of Mar 31, 2013, the company had cash and cash equivalents of
€10.1 billion and long-term debt (including current portions) of
€23.3 billion. The debt-to-capitalization ratio was approximately
In the reported quarter, net cash generated by operating
activities from continuing operations amounted to €2.8 billion.
Capital expenditure totaled €3.12 billion (up 18.5% year over
Eni believes that a certain degree of ambiguity still looms with
respect to the economic slowdown, particularly in the Euro zone,
and volatile market conditions. This Italian giant expects the
uncertainty to prevail in the European gas, refining and
marketing and chemicals sectors. Overall demand will likely
remain weak due to the ongoing economic dormancy.
The company expects 2013 oil and natural gas production to be
higher than the 2012 level given the commissioning of major
projects like Angola liquefied natural gas and the gas assets in
Algeria. This is expected to be accompanied by stepped-up
production at the fields commissioned last year.
Worldwide gas sales are expected to be at par with the 2012
level. Despite experiencing lackluster demand, management seeks
to boost sales volumes and market share as well as maintain and
develop its retail customer base.
For 2013, refining throughputs are expected to remain at the 2012
level of 30.01 million tons. However, retail volumes in the
domestic market are expected to weaken due to the expected
reduction in demand for the domestic use of fuels.
We believe Eni's constant efforts to expand its upstream
operations in Egypt, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan and Kenya are
expected to augment volumes going forward. Again, project
start-ups, inputs from big ventures in Iraq, Australia, Russia
and Egypt, as well as its strategic position in non-conventional
gas are also expected to contribute to volume expansion.
Eni currently carries a Zacks Rank #5, which translates into a
Strong Sell rating. But there are other stocks in the oil and gas
industry that are performing well. These include
Range Resources Corporation
Lehigh Gas Partners LP
EPL Oil & Gas, Inc.
) , which hold Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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