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QEP Resources (QEP) Posts Lower-than-Excepted Loss in Q3

Domestic energy explorer, QEP Resources Inc.QEP reported narrower-than-expected loss for third-quarter 2016. Higher production, especially from the Williston, Haynesville/Cotton Valley and Permian Basins, aided the results. The improvement in the quarterly result was, however, partially dampened by lower price realizations.

The company reported loss per share - excluding special items - of 21 cents, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 23 cents. Notably, the company had reported adjusted earnings of 1 cent per share in the year-ago quarter.

Quarterly revenues of $382.4 million decreased approximately 24.7% from third-quarter 2015. The top line, however, came in above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $360 million.

Volume Analysis

QEP Resources' overall production during the third quarter dipped 0.1% year over year to 86.6 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). A decrease in production from the Pinedale and the Uinta Basin resulted in the downside.

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Natural gas volumes declined 3% year over year to 46.8 Bcf, whereas liquid volumes improved significantly to 6,641.6.8 thousand barrels.

Realized Prices

QEP Resources' average realized natural gas price in the quarter was $2.64 per thousand cubic feet, down 17% from the year-ago quarter price of $3.17. Moreover, average oil price realization decreased nearly 26% to $43.93 per barrel.

Overall net realized equivalent price averaged $4.20 per thousand cubic feet equivalent in the quarter, down 24% year over year.

Operating Expense

Total operating expenses for the quarter decreased to $481.3 million from $608.2 million a year ago.

Balance Sheet

As of Sep 30, 2016, QEP Resources had cash and cash equivalents of $1,032.2 million. The company's long-term debt (including current portion) was $2,019.3 million, which represents a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 35.7%.

Guidance

QEP Resources slightly increased its 2016 production guidance to 337 Bcfe.

The projection for 2016 capital spending was increased to $525-$550 million from $500−$550 million.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, QEP Resources sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Other well-ranked players from the broader energy sector include Enviva Partners, LP EVA , Ultra Petroleum Corp. UPLMQ and W&T Offshore Inc. WTI . All these stocks sport the same Zacks Rank QEP Resources. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

In the last four quarters, Enviva Partners posted an average positive earnings surprise of 0.19%.

Ultra Petroleum, on the other hand, posted an average positive earnings surprise of 65.91% in the last four quarters.

In the last four quarters, W&T Offshore posted an average positive earnings surprise of 23.63%.

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