Why CVR Refining's Shares Jumped

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What: Shares of CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) jumped as much as 10% today after reporting fourth-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue was up 85% to $1.8 billion, but net income fell 23% to $54.6 million. Income was hit by large losses on derivatives, but when we take those out and look at adjusted EBITDA, the company made $196.2 million, more than four times the $44.3 million in EBITDA last year.  

Now what: Higher-than-expected crack spreads (the price difference between gasoline and oil) caused management to raise distribution guidance per quarter from $1.21 per unit in January to a range of $1.30 to $1.55 per unit today. Distributions for the full year were also raised to a range of $5.50 to $6.50 per share, which is a huge payout at the current price. Crack spreads won't stay this high forever, but I think shares look attractive given the current yield for investors.

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  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2013, at 10:31 AM, JFJ5000 wrote:

    Any chance the Fool will post this article on the actual CVRR ticker page? There is no news or articles on that page for whatever reason...at least not on the iPAD version.

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