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EOG Resources (EOG) Q2 Earnings Miss on Lower Crude Prices

EOG Resources, Inc. EOG reported second-quarter 2020 adjusted loss per share of 23 cents, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 14 cents. The company reported earnings of $1.31 per share in the year-ago quarter.  

Total revenues for the reported quarter decreased to $1,103.4 million from the year-ago level of $4,697.6 million. Moreover, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,321 million.

The weak quarterly results were due to a massive drop in commodity price realizations and lower production volumes, partially offset by decreased operating costs. Production declined in response to a weak oil price environment.

EOG Resources, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Trinidad Discovery

The company discovered net 500 billion cubic feet of natural gas in Trinidad. The resources are located in shallow waters off the southeast coast of the country. The discovery will likely allow it to add two new production platforms.

Operational Performance

For the quarter under review, EOG Resources’ total volume declined 23% year over year to 56.7 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) on the back of lower U.S. and international output. The company curtailed second-quarter production due to weak crude price environment that stemmed from coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

Crude oil and condensate production for the quarter totaled 331.1 thousand barrels per day (MBbl/d), down 27% from the year-ago level. Natural gas liquids (NGL) volume declined 23% year over year to 101.2 MBbl/d. Natural gas volume decreased to 1,147 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) from the year-earlier quarter’s 1,356 MMcf/d.

Average price realization for crude oil and condensates fell 67% year over year to $20.40 per barrel. Quarterly NGL prices declined 35% to $10.20 per barrel from $15.63 a year ago. Moreover, natural gas was sold at $1.36 per Mcf, representing a year-over-year decline of 38%.

Operating Costs

Lease and Well expenses declined to $245.3 million from $347.3 million a year ago. Moreover, transportation costs decreased to $151.7 million from $174.1 million a year ago. Also, the company reported Gathering and Processing costs of $96.8 million, lower than the year-ago quarter’s $112.6 million. Exploration expenses fell to $27.3 million from the year-ago level of $32.5 million.

Total operating expenses decreased to $2,189.9 million from $3,566.9 million in second-quarter 2019.

Liquidity Position & Capital Expenditure

At second quarter-end, EOG Resources had cash and cash equivalents of $2,416.5 million, down from the first quarter-end level of $2,906.9 million. Long-term debt rose to $5,703.1 million from $4,703.2 million in the first quarter. This represents a net debt to capitalization of 21.9%. Moreover, it has $2 billion available under the unsecured revolver facility.

In the quarter, the company generated $672 million in discretionary cash flow and $194 million free cash flow. It incurred $534.4 million of capital expenditure in the second quarter.


The company increased its well cost savings target for this year to 12% from 8% announced earlier. Due to the low price environment, the company curtailed significant production volumes in the second quarter. Although it resumed production in many places, the company expects around 25,000 barrels of oil per day output to remain shut-in in the third quarter. It expects 2020 production in the range of 730.1-765.9 MBoe/d. Third-quarter output will likely be in the band of 676.1-711.7 MBoe/d.

The company expects full-year 2020 capital expenditure in the range of $3.4-$3.6 billion. Third-quarter capital expenditure will likely be within $600-$700 million. Full-year 2020 lease and well costs are expected within $4.10-$4.50 per Boe. Transportation costs are estimated in the $2.50-$2.90 per Boe range. It expects gathering and processing expenses to be $1.65-$1.85 per Boe.

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

The company currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked players in the energy space include Cimarex Energy Co. XEC, Indonesia Energy Corporation Limited INDO and Concho Resources Inc. CXO, each holding a Zacks Rank #2 at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Cimarex Energy’s earnings estimates of 11 cents per share for the current year have witnessed 14 upward and five downward revisions in the past 30 days.

Indonesia Energy’s bottom line for 2020 is expected to soar 78.6% year over year.

Concho Resources’ bottom line for 2020 is expected to surge 35.4% year over year.

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