SandRidge Permian Trust :PER-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2016 By the Numbers : November 28, 2016

SandRidge Permian Trust reports financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

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


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 7.14 million, Net Earnings of USD 6.32 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 99.88% to 99.76% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 88.42% from 88.20%.
  • Earnings declined although operating margins improved from 88.20% to 88.42%.

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

2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31 2015-09-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 7.14 6 9.05 11.44 12.61
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -43.38 -55.08 -61.94 -62.68 -61.91
Earnings (mil) 6.32 4.76 7.54 9.86 14.1
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -55.2 -82.82 -74.29 -65.86 -53.47
Net Margin (%) 88.42 79.32 83.36 86.18 111.75
EPS 0.12 0.09 0.14 0.19 0.27
Return on Equity (%) 17.2 12.61 19.39 14.94 15.04
Return on Assets (%) 17.2 12.61 19.39 14.94 15.04

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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 -43.38% 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 19.11% and earnings by 32.78% 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 year-on-year earnings decline was driven by the drop in gross margins from 99.88% to 99.76%. This drop in earnings would have been worse were in not for operational cost control activities, which helped the operating margins (EBITDA margins) improve from 88.20% to 88.42%. For comparison purposes, gross margins were 99.73% and EBITDA margins were 79.32% in the previous 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 has not produced any significant offsetting improvement in its working capital . This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the decline in gross margins are likely from operating issues and not trade-offs with the balance sheet. Working capital days are currently 39.75 days, compared to last year’s level of 31.80 days.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich


Despite an overall improvement in operating (EBIT) margins, the company’s earnings fell. EBIT margins went from 88.20% to 88.42%. The decline in earnings appears to be largely because of one-time items. Pretax margins declined from 111.75% to 88.42%.

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 acquires and holds royalty interests in specified oil and natural gas properties located in Andrews County, Texas. The company was formed by SandRidge Energy, Inc. to own certain royalty interests in specified oil and natural gas well in Andrews County, Texas producing from the Grayburg and San Andres formation within the Permian Basin. The royalty interest in the development wells entitles the trust to receive majority of the proceeds from the sale of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids production. SandRidge Permian Trust was founded on May 12, 2011 and is headquartered in Austin, TX.

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