A Quick Look at Heckmann's First-Quarter Earningshttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/05/09/a-quick-look-at-heckmanns-first-quarter-earnings.aspx Matt DiLallo
May 9, 2013
Oil and gas environmental service provider, Heckmann (NYSE: HEK), reported first-quarter earnings on May 8. The company missed slightly on both the top and bottom lines which sent shares dipping in after-hours trading. However, all was not lost on the quarter so let's dig in and see what happened.
A deeper look at the numbers
The biggest culprit contributing to the miss was unusually harsh weather. Heckmann pointed out that weather affected 13 days of work in its Bakken operations with additional days being lost to weather in the Marcellus. Heckmann was far from the only company to have a weather-related miss in the quarter. While the company planned for weather to be a factor, it turned out to be worse than expected.
Heckmann also expects E&P companies to steadily ramp up activity later this year while pricing for its services is stabilizing. It's a sentiment that's echoed by oil-field service peer Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). On the company's last earnings conference call CEO David Lesar said that, "North American headwinds from last year are largely behind us, and we are optimistic about activity levels and continued margin improvement for the remainder of the year." That