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<Southwestern (SWN) Stock Gains 4.2% Since Q1 Earnings Beat

Zacks Equity Research

May 04, 2022

Southwestern Energy Company’s (SWN Quick Quote SWN - Free Report) shares have jumped 4.2% since it reported strong results for the first quarter of 2022. A favorable energy business scenario, resulting in strong earnings for upstream companies, is likely to have driven the company’s stock price.

Southwestern reported first-quarter earnings of 40 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 36 cents. The bottom line improved from the year-ago quarter’s earnings per share of 29 cents.

Quarterly operating revenues of $2,943 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,693 million. The top line also increased from the year-ago quarter’s $1,072 million.

The strong quarterly results can be attributed to higher natural gas production volumes and commodity price realizations.

Southwestern Energy Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Southwestern Energy Company price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Southwestern Energy Company Quote

Total Production

Southwestern’s total first-quarter production increased to 425 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) from 269 Bcfe a year ago. Gas production in the reported quarter was 376 Bcf compared with the year-ago level of 214 Bcf.

Natural gas liquids’ production in the quarter under review was 6,919 thousand barrels (MBbls), lower than the year-ago level of 7,578 MBbls. Oil production declined to 1,270 MBbls from 1,662 MBbls in the year-ago quarter. Almost 88.5% of its volume mix constituted natural gas.

Average Realized Prices

Southwestern’s average realized gas price in the reported quarter, excluding derivatives, increased to $4.50 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) from $2.11 a year ago. Oil was sold at $86.30 per barrel compared with the year-earlier level of $48.14. Natural gas liquids were sold at $39.33 per barrel, significantly higher than $22.86 in the year-ago period.


On a per-Mcfe basis, lease operating expenses were 94 cents compared with the prior-year level of 93 cents. General and administrative expenses per unit of production were 9 cents versus 13 cents in the year-ago quarter.


Southwestern’s total capital investment in the first quarter was $544 million.

As of Mar 31, 2022, the company’s cash and cash equivalents were $21 million. Long-term debt was $4,895 million.


For the second quarter of 2022, the Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company expects total production of 418-434 Bcfe, consisting of natural gas of 370-382 Bcf.>

<Range Resources Corporation (RRC Quick Quote RRC - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of $1.18 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.15 per share. The strong quarterly earnings can be attributed to higher realizations of commodity prices.

At the first-quarter end, Range Resources had total debt of $1,829.7 million. It had a debt-to-capitalization of 53.3%. In first-quarter 2022, the company’s board of directors approved the authorization of a $500-million share repurchase program.>|earnings_article-1915630&mod=mw_quote_news

Disclaimer: No positions long or short in stocks or options. SWN does own deep drilling rights to 1,000 acres immediate west of the property line of our 50% ownership of a 126 acre mineral parcel. Acreage proven in both the Upper Devonian & deeper Marcellus by nearby vertical exploratory drilling done before advent of horizontal drilling technology.

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