ProPetro Holding PUMP reported first-quarter 2023 earnings per share of 40 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents. The underperformance could be primarily attributed to a 38% increase in costs and expenses year over year.
The bottom line improved from 11 cents in the prior-year period due to increased activity in the reported quarter.
Revenues of $423.6 million outpaced the consensus mark of $410 million. The figure also increased 49.8% from the year-ago quarter’s $282.7 million. This was due to improved pricing and fleet repositioning, additional net pricing gains, a favorable job mix and strong Hydraulic Fracturing performance.
Adjusted EBITDA amounted to $119.2 million, up 77% from $67 million in the previous quarter. The increase is primarily attributable to additional net pricing gains and continued fleet repositioning.
ProPetro Holding Corp. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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ProPetro provides hydraulic fracturing, cementing and acidizing functions through its Pressure Pumping segment. The business contributed 100% to PUMP's total revenues in the quarter under review. Service revenues from this unit surged about 49.8% to $423.6 million from the prior-year quarter’s level. This was mainly due to higher fleet strength and enhanced pricing.
Costs & Financial Position
ProPetro’s first-quarter total costs and expenses amounted to $382.1 million, up 38% from the prior-year quarter’s level. The service cost was $280.5 million compared with $197.3 million in the comparable period of 2022.
The company spent $97.2 million on capital expenditure. It also recorded negative free cash flows of $40.7 million in the first quarter.
As of Mar 31, PUMP had approximately $44.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. Including cash and $30 million under its revolving credit facility, the company had total liquidity worth $149 million at the end of March 2023. Long-term debt amounted to $30 million. The total debt-to-total capital was 3%.
ProPetro’s guidance for average effective fleet utilization is between 15 and 16 fleets for the second quarter.
The company’s projection for 2023 CapEx spending is at $250-$300 million.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Currently, ProPetro Holding carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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