Chesapeake Energy shares fall on 4Q loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 11:01 am •  Published: February 26, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shares of Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell Wednesday after the oil and natural gas company reported a fourth-quarter loss, hurt by one-time charges.

The company's adjusted earnings came in lower than Wall Street expected. In morning trading, shares fell $2.05, or 7.6 percent, to $24.89.

Chesapeake, which is based in Oklahoma City, is reviewing its portfolio of assets to see if they still fit the company's strategy. Chesapeake wants to focus on discovering and developing natural gas and oil assets onshore in the U.S. On Monday, it said that it is considering selling or spinning off its oilfield services unit Chesapeake Outfield Operating LLC.

During the three months that ended Dec. 31, the company reported a loss of $159 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with net income of $250 million, or 39 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Adjusted to remove one-time charges, the company would have earned 27 cents per share. That's below the 40 cents per share analysts expected, according to FactSet.