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Why Shares of EnLink Midstream Plunged 13.4% on Wednesday

By Travis Hoium - Feb 17, 2021 at 3:30PM

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Losses continue to mount in this midstream business.

What happened 

Shares of EnLink Midstream (ENLC 0.20%) plunged as much as 13.4% in trading Wednesday after the company reported fourth-quarter 2020 financial results. Shares clawed back some of those losses late in the day and were down 6.7% at 3:10 p.m. EST. 

So what

Revenue fell 7.9% to $1.06 billion and net loss improved from $938.7 million a year ago to $151.4 million, or $0.31 per share. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.02 per share. 

Animation of people falling off barrels of oil that are spilling.

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Management highlighted that adjusted EBITDA was a positive $262 million in the quarter and $1.04 billion for the year. And a new notes offering in December allowed the company to repay $500 million of its $850 million term loan that matures in December. 

Now what

The energy business has recovered from its depths in spring 2020, but EnLink is still losing money and that's not a great sign. There's now a risk that oil demand is peaking in the U.S. as EVs grow and more people work from home. That could put a cap on the upside for a midstream company like this and with losses mounting that doesn't mode well for this oil stock going forward. 

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