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What: Legacy Reserves
So what: Non-GAAP EPS of $0.41 grew 46% from the year-ago quarter but fell short of the consensus estimate of $0.43. Operating income more than tripled as higher volumes and prices more than offset an increase in expenses. GAAP earnings per share of -$1.39 reflected massive and increasing unrealized losses on commodity derivatives.
Now what: Cold weather and power blackouts reduced production by roughly 5% below potential levels but caused an inventory buildup that could help the current quarter's sales volume. The business is showing nice fundamental improvement, but there's a risk that the losses on commodity derivatives will go from paper to real losses. Today's hit on oil prices also casts a negative pall on the revenue outlook.
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