) second quarter 2012 adjusted earnings decreased 45.1% year over
year to 28 cents and missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 30
cents. The underperformance was primarily due to a 32% reduction in
the average wellhead sales price to EQT Corporation.
Net operating revenue in the quarter was $298.1 million,
representing an almost 9.0% year-over-year decline. Moreover,
reported revenue fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate $339.0
Net operating expense in the quarter crept up 24.3% year over year
to $216.7 million.
's second quarter operating revenue decreased 19.4% year over year
to $158.6 million as realized price fell 37%.
Operating income dropped 82.3% year over year to $17.7 million.
segment, net gathering revenue surged 18% year over year to $72.1
million, owing to a 24% growth in gathered volumes. Net
transmission revenues increased 31%. Net storage, marketing and
other operating revenues averaged $14.7 million, representing a
$2.7 million boost.
Operating income increased 14.4% year over year to $59.8 million in
the reported quarter.
's net operating revenue dropped 5.2% year over year to $31.2
The segment generated an operating income of $6.4 million, down
from the year-ago level of $8.9 million.
The company's operating cash flow was $160.1 million during the
quarter, reflecting a decrease of 14.4% year over year.
EQT's capital expenditure totaled $392.7 million in the quarter,
with $264.9 million spent on EQT Production, $119.9 million on EQT
Midstream and $7.4 million on EQT Distribution.
The company reaffirmed its full-year 2012 volume guidance of 250
and 255 Bcfe, which is 30% higher than 2011. In addition, it
expects third quarter volume of 66 Bcfe.
The company now expects its overall capex to remain $1,300 million
for the year as compared with the previous expectation of $1,365
million. Moreover, EQT Production decreased its 2012 capex budget
by $65 million to $900 million.
We reiterate our long-term Neutral recommendation for EQT.
EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with an emphasis on
natural gas supply activities in the Appalachian area, including
production and gathering, natural gas distribution and transmission
and energy efficiency solutions, primarily in the eastern and
western coastal regions of the United States.
With an increasing reserve structure and stellar Marcellus results
(Marcellus sales volumes were up 74.4% year over year in the second
quarter), we believe that the company exhibits industry-leading
organic growth momentum.
Moreover, management's continuous efforts to derive value by
monetizing midstream assets will likely accelerate exploration and
production growth. The company also maintained its goal to drill
132 Marcellus wells this year.
Recently, EQT also formed a master limited partnership (MLP) −
EQT Midstream Partners, L.P.
) − that would own selective interstate pipeline assets. EQT
Midstream Partners completed its IPO of 14,375,000 common units at
$21.00 per common unit.
Following the IPO, EQT obtained $232 million cash, and holds a
57.4% limited partner interest in the partnership and a 2% general
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Proceeds of the IPO will likely to be used to finance further
acceleration of EQT's Marcellus development. The MLP is anticipated
to focus on providing transmission and gathering services to
producers in the Marcellus Shale, including EQT Production Company.
This will help the company to focus on other areas of the business.
Again, recently, the company sold its limited partner interest in
the MLP to own portions of the assets of Equitrans, L.P., EQT's
interstate pipeline subsidiary. Hence, EQT now owns the general
partner of the MLP that will in turn provide the company with
incentive distribution rights and a substantial portion of the
MLP's common units.
However, EQT lacks a geographically diversified asset base, as its
resources are concentrated in the Appalachian Basin. Any potential
disruption in the region will adversely affect the company's
The company holds a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates to a short-term