SandRidge Permian Trust :PER-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : September 14, 2017

SandRidge Permian Trust reports financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of SandRidge Permian Trust – Diversified Royalty Corp. and Athabasca Oil Corporation (BEVFF-US and ATHOF-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 7.84 million, Net Earnings of USD 6.83 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 99.73% to 95.04% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 87.19% from 79.32%.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 7.84 7.24 7.68 7.14 6
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 30.67 -20.02 -32.82 -43.38 -55.08
Earnings (mil) 6.83 6.33 7.03 6.32 4.76
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 43.63 -16.15 -28.66 -55.2 -82.82
Net Margin (%) 87.19 87.4 91.51 88.42 79.32
EPS 0.13 0.12 0.13 0.12 0.09
Return on Equity (%) 5.08 4.58 4.93 4.3 3.15
Return on Assets (%) 20.34 18.31 19.72 17.2 12.61

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

PER-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 30.67% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that PER-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 8.25% and earnings by 7.98% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s gross margins showed no year-on-year improvement. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose, influenced primarily by the improvement in operating margins (EBITDA margins) from 79.32% to 87.19%. For comparison, gross margins were 99.78% and EBITDA margins were 87.40% in the last period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

PER-US‘s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days are now 28.21 days from 40.48 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from 79.32% to 87.19% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 87.19% compared to 79.32% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

SandRidge Permian Trust is a statutory trust, which engages in acquiring and holding royalty interests in specified oil and natural gas properties. The company was founded on May 12, 2011 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

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