Chesapeake Energy shares surged this week after the company reported estimate-beating Q4 earnings and revenue expectations. Analysts attribute higher natural gas prices for this stunning growth.
CHK’s total Q4 revenue rose to $3.07 billion, a 22% increase versus analyst expectations of $2.28 billion. Oil, natural gas and natural gas equivalent revenue jumped 37% to $1.73 billion versus a consensus estimate of $1.1 billion.
Based on recent trend in oil and gas prices, Chesapeake says its full-year adjusted EBITDA generated the highest per barrel of oil equivalent of $12.81 since 2014, and expects EBITDA generated per barrel of oil equivalent to rise by 12%-15% in 2019.
CHK’s Q4 production stood at 464K boe/day after falling by 7% on a y-o-y basis, while production expenses increased 15% to $2.87/boe. CHK forecasts 2019 oil production to rise ~32% to 116K-122K bbl/day while capex is expected to remain roughly flat at $2.3B-$2.5 billion and cash flow is seen coming in really strong.