May 2, 2018 / 9:11 PM / 7 months ago

Apache beats profit estimates on higher crude prices

(Reuters) - U.S. oil and gas producer Apache Corp (APA.N) posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, as it benefited from higher U.S. light crude prices.

Oil prices have recovered from lows hit in 2016, currently trading around $70 per barrel. This helped selling prices at the Houston, Texas-based company to rise to $64.27 per barrel from $51.20 last year.

Apache said total production fell 8.5 percent to 440,336 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) compared to a year earlier, but the figure beat analysts’ estimates of 430,940 boe/d according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Production was largely helped by an increase in the Permian Basin, the largest U.S. oilfield, which rose 24 percent compared with a year-ago and was 41.6 percent of total production.

The company specifically noted that the Permian Basin will be a key operation in 2018.

Apache also raised its full-year U.S. output forecast to 250,000-258,000 boe/d from a previous range of 245,000-255,000 boe/d, driven mostly by more operating wells in the first quarter.

Net income attributable to Apache's common shareholders fell to $145 million, or 38 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $213 million, or 56 cents per share, a year earlier. [bit.ly/2KuYKRO]

Excluding items, the company earned 32 cents share, higher than analysts’ average expectation of 30 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Rival Marathon Oil Corp (MRO.N) beat profit estimates on Wednesday on higher production and realized prices for oil.

Reporting by Anirban Paul in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur, Bernard Orr

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below