Pure Cycle (PCYO) Posts In-Line Q2 Loss, Grows Inorganically
Pure Cycle CorporationPCYO posted a loss of a penny in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 (ended Feb 28, 2017), in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company had reported loss of a penny in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 as well.
In the reported quarter, Pure Cycle recorded total revenue of $0.24 million, up 212.0% from the year-ago quarter figure. The upside was driven primarily by fracking water sales.
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Total operating expenses were up 2.1% year over year to $0.52 million, primarily due to a 17.5% increase in other expenses.
Interest income in the reported was $66,000, compared with $78,000 in the year-ago quarter.
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During the quarter, the company completed its first acquisition of water system and expanded operations in Elbert County. The company continues to grow organically at Sky Ranch.
As of Feb 28, 2017, Pure Cycle's cash and cash equivalents increased to $28.14 million from $27.89 million as of Aug 31, 2016.
Other long-term liabilities as of Feb 28, 2017 were $1.37 million, down from $1.39 million as of Aug 31, 2016.
Over the last six months, Pure Cycle underperformed the Zacks categorized Utility - Water Supply industry. The company's shares lost 0.2%, compared with the industry's gain of 9.5%.
Rising interest levels might make it difficult for the company to get the necessary or desired amount to fund capital improvements on favorable terms.
Upcoming Peer Releases
American Water Works AWK is expected to release first-quarter 2017 earnings on May 3. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 52 cents.
American States Water Company AWR is expected to release first-quarter 2017 earnings on May 3. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 32 cents.
Connecticut Water Service, Inc. CTWS is expected to release first-quarter 2017 earnings on May 8. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 35 cents.
Pure Cycle currently carries 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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