Caiman Valores
Contrarian, long-term horizon, research analyst, value

BPZ Resources: A Speculative And High Risk South American Upstream Oil Play

With the recent offshore pre-salt oil discoveries in Brazil and the ongoing Colombian oil boom, oil exploration and production in South America is firmly on investors' radars. This has seen a number of micro and small-cap exploration and production companies commence operations in the region and the boom spread to neighboring Ecuador and Peru. One of these companies is BPZ Resources (NYSE:BPZ), a small-cap oil exploration and production company operating in Peru and Ecuador and domiciled in the U.S. with its head office in Houston, Texas.

Investing in micro and small-cap oil exploration and production companies is fraught with risk for investors, typically because they lack the resources to weather a sustained fall in the oil price or...

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