Ferrellgas Partners LPFGP reported first-quarter fiscal 2017 adjusted loss of 44 cents per unit, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 51 cents. Quarterly loss was also narrower than the year-ago loss of 79 cents.
The bottom line deteriorated mainly due weak demand for propone as a result of 35% warmer temperatures than usual.
In the reported quarter, Ferrellgas Partners' total revenue came in at $379.5 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $357million by 6.2%.
However on a year-over-year basis, the partnership's top line declined 44.2% primarily due to weak midstream operations, apart from lower sales of propane and other gas liquids, because of the adverse impact of above-average temperatures.
FERRELLGAS -LP Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Highlights of the Release
Operating expenses in the reported quarter were $104.9 million, down 8.7% from the prior-year level.
General and administrative expenses for the quarter under review increased 1.9% to $12.5 million from $12.3 million in the prior-year period.
Interest expenses increased to $35.4 million in the quarter from $33.8 million a year ago, reflecting increased borrowings to fund acquisitions.
Ferrellgas Partners' cash and cash equivalents were $12.6 million as of Oct 31, 2016, compared with $4.9 million as of Jul 31, 2016.
Long-term debt was $1,965.2 million as of Oct 31, 2016, up from $1,941.3 million as of Jul 31, 2016.
Over the past one year, Ferrellgas Partners, LP has underperformed the Zacks categorized Oil Refining and Marketing MLP industry. During this period, the partnership's units lost 62.3%, compared with the industry's return of 1.8%.
Ferrellgas Partners' units fell significantly during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 after the partnership reported a much wider-than-expected loss. It has also been facing challenging times of late due to the loss of its largest customer as well as general market conditions.
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Ferrellgas Partners currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
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