Apache Corp. (APA) Tops Q4 EPS by 14c

February 26, 2020 5:31 PM EST

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Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) reported Q4 EPS of $0.08, $0.14 better than the analyst estimate of ($0.06). Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.7 billion versus the consensus estimate of $1.61 billion.

2020 capital budget and outlook

In 2020, the company plans to invest $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion in upstream oil and gas capital, which, at the midpoint, represents a 26% reduction from 2019. If oil prices deteriorate from current levels, Apache is prepared to further reduce activity and capital investment. At higher oil prices, the priority will be to retain cash for debt reduction. The company does not anticipate increasing capital investment above $1.9 billion. This 2020 capital budget is projected to deliver flat to low single-digit total company oil production growth on an adjusted basis. “Apache’s portfolio is differentiated through both geographic diversification and an attractive balance of conventional and unconventional development opportunities. We have optionality to fund high-quality, shorter-cycle growth projects in the Permian Basin, Egypt and the North Sea, as well as longer-cycle organic exploration plays. We are choosing to allocate capital to Suriname over the next several years that could otherwise be directed toward near-term growth opportunities elsewhere in the portfolio. This is consistent with our strategy of investing for long-term returns with growth as an outcome,” Christmann concluded.

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