) reported soft second quarter 2012 results, owing to challenging
natural gas market conditions along with higher acquisition related
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For the second quarter, Williams' earnings per share, excluding
special items, came in at 22 cents, in line with the Zacks
Consensus Estimate. Comparing year over year, earnings plunged
24.1% from 29 cents per share.
The company generated revenues of $1,846 million, missing our
forecast of $2,021 million. Quarterly sales also declined 7.0% from
the prior-year level of $1,984 million.
Total adjusted segment profit was $421 million in the quarter, down
23.2% year over year.
Williams reports its results in three segments (following the
spin-off of Exploration & Production unit): Williams Partners
that includes the company's 72% owned master limited partnership
Williams Partners L.P.
); Midstream Canada & Olefins; and Other.
This segment reported adjusted operating profit of $352 million in
the quarter, down from the year-ago level of $474 million. The drop
in performance was mainly hurt by deteriorating natural gas liquids
(NGL) prices coupled with rising expenses.
Midstream Canada & Olefins:
The segment registered quarterly adjusted operating profit of $68
million, lower than $72 million recorded in the second quarter of
2011. Reduced sales volumes and per-unit margins stemming from weak
Canadian NGL scenario impacted the quarter's results.
The segment's adjusted operating profit was $1 million, against $2
million in the prior-year quarter.
Capital Expenditure & Balance Sheet
During the quarter, Williams incurred a capital expenditure of $593
million, of which almost 82% was invested in Williams Partners. As
of June 30, 2012, the partnership had cash and cash equivalents of
about $679 million.
For 2012, Williams guided earnings per share in the range of
$1.05-$1.25 (indicating a mid-point of $1.15). The same for 2013 is
projected at $1.20-$1.55 (midpoint is $1.38). The influence of NGL
prices will likely pull down the earnings level in the next two
The company expects earnings in the range of $1.70-$2.20 (with a
mid-point of $1.95) for 2014. The forecasted figure is nearly 59%
higher than 2011's earnings of $1.23 per share. A favorable mix of
natural gas and ethylene spread is expected to boost William's
performance in 2014.
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams expects to generate total adjusted
operating profit of $1,900 million to $2,225 million in 2012,
$2,125 million to $2,675 million in 2013 and $2,825 million to
$3,475 million in 2014.
Capital expenditure is projected to average $6,700 million for
2012, $3,600 million for 2013 and $2,600 million for 2014.
Williams plans to make a dividend payout of $1.20 per share for
2012, up about 55% from the 2011 levels. For 2013 and 2014,
dividend is expected to improve 20% each year to $1.44 and $1.75
per share, respectively, aided by benefits from the fee-based
business and the commencement of new projects.
We believe that the upside potential of Williams will remain
limited in the coming days and hence, we maintain a long-term
Neutral recommendation on the stock. Williams currently holds a
Zacks #3 Rank (short-term Hold rating).