Kinder Morgan's (KMI) Q1 earnings fell 1.7% and missed estimates, while Q1 earnings at its Kinder Morgan Partners (KMP) affiliate slipped 5% and El Paso Partners (EPB) also posted a Y/Y decline.
KMP, which holds the majority of KMI's assets, had reported strong profit growth in recent quarters; KMP's earnings more than doubled in 2013, while KMI enjoyed a sixfold increase in net income last year.
Kinder said analysts’ projections that U.S. demand for natural gas could rise by a third by 2024 as “a little understated," touting demand for gas for LNG exports, electric generation, industrial use and shipment to Mexico as factors that bode well for the company’s future.
Noble Corp. (NE) +1.4% AH after Q1 earnings surged 70%, beating expectations, as the offshore driller saw new rigs help lift revenues.
Noble, with a fleet of ~77 drilling units, says revenues from drilling services, which makes up most of the company's top line, rose nearly 30% Y/Y to $1.2B as several new rigs went into operation and operating days improved.
Average daily revenues gained 5% to $223.6K vs. the previous quarter average of $212K, reflecting the addition of premium assets, while fleet utilization rose to 84% in Q1 compared to 82% in Q4 2013.
Contract backlog as of March 31 was ~$14.3B, vs. $15.4B as of Dec. 31.
Going forward, Google (GOOG) will break out its paid click and cost per click data in more detail, CFO Patrick Pichette states on the CC. Numbers for Google's reporting segments (sites, ad network, etc.) will be given in addition to a company-wide figure. (CC live blog)
The remarks come after Google reported disappointing Q1 paid click growth (-1% Q/Q and +26% Y/Y). The numbers might fuel questions about the impact mobile apps (they account for 86% of U.S. smartphone activity, per Flurry) are having on search activity. When indirectly asked about the issue, sales chief Nikesh Arora only said Google is trying to succeed in both realms.
Pichette states EPS was hurt by one-time legal and M&A expenses, and that Google's expenses would've been in-line with its targets otherwise.
Separately, re/code reports Marissa Mayer is intent on convincing Apple to abandon Google as its default iOS search provider in favor of Yahoo (YHOO). Google's dominant mindshare, together with Apple's Maps experience, might make Cupertino think twice.