Here's Why Earthstone (ESTE) is an Attractive Investment Bet Now

Earthstone Energy, Inc. ESTE has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 and 2022 in the past 60 days. Also, the upstream energy company’s stock price has increased 89.8% year to date versus the industry’s surge of 85.2%.


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Factors Favoring the Stock

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude, trading at more than $69 per barrel mark, has improved drastically from the pandemic-hit April of 2020 when oil was in the negative territory. With the coronavirus vaccines being rolled out at a massive scale, the demand for fuel will possibly improve further. This has paved the way for further oil price recovery.

Overall, the massive improvement in oil price is a boon for oil explorers and producers. Earthstone Energy, having a strong footprint in the Midland basin of west Texas and the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas, is well-placed to capitalize on the favorable pricing scenario. Most importantly, by hedging roughly 88% of 2021 oil production, the company has not exposed itself to volatility in oil prices.

Moreover, Earthstone is focused on cost-reduction initiatives, boosting its bottom line. Notably, from 2016 through the March-end quarter of 2021, the company’s operating expenses (comprising lease operating expense per barrel of oil equivalent & cash general, and administrative expense per barrel of oil equivalent) in the Midland basin declined roughly 48%.

The upstream firm carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present, also has a strong balance sheet. In fact, the company’s balance sheet has lower debt exposure as compared to composite stocks belonging to the industry. Notably, it has total liquidity of approximately $253 million, considering $251.6 million of undrawn borrowing base capacity and $1.4 million in cash.

Other Stocks to Consider

Some other top-ranked players in the energy space are Whiting Petroleum Corporation WLL, Callon Petroleum Company CPE and Oasis Petroleum Inc. OAS. All companies currently sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Whiting Petroleum has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 in the past 30 days.

Callon Petroleum is expected to witness earnings growth of 129% in 2021.

Oasis Petroleum has witnessed upward earnings estimate revisions for 2021 in the past 30 days.

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