NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Chesapeake Energy (CHK) recently failed to meet market expectations on its earnings per share in its second-quarter earnings report. Analysts estimated the adjusted EPS to reach 44 cents a share, while the company's actual EPS was 36 cents a share -- 8 cents lower than market projections.
Does this mean the company didn't reach its quarterly goals in terms of production and costs?
Let's analyze the progress of Chesapeake in the past quarter and see if it actually did as poorly as it seems.
Despite the lower-than-anticipated EPS, Chesapeake Energy ended yesterday with a modest gain of 13 cents to $26.19 a share. And as of 1 p.m. Thursday, shares were down 1% to $25.94.
Other oil and gas producers such as Chevron (CVX) also rallied yesterday and finished with a 0.62% increase to settle at $125.73 a share. Thursday Chevron sank to $125.41, off 0.25% as of 1 p.m.
During the second quarter, Chesapeake Energy reached its quarterly output goals as the total oil equivalent production was 63.2 million barrels of oil equivalent -- nearly 2.6% above the volume recorded in the second quarter last year. Most of the gain came from the rise in the company's natural gas liquids output, which grew by 62%, year over year.
Looking forward, Chesapeake Energy revised up its daily oil equivalent production to an average of 695,000 barrels of oil equivalent, a 1.5% gain from the previous estimate. This higher yield is likely to increase its sales in the coming quarters.