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- Anadarko Petroleum has suffered as oil pricing has taken a hit and OPEC might not cut production.
- Anadarko, however, is improving production profile and this will help it profit from an improvement in oil market dynamics in the long run.
- Anadarko's impressive cash flow figures and expected long-term earnings improvements indicate that there is hope for the company after the current weakness is over.
- Anadarko Petroleum expanded its "high-confidence" area in the Delaware Basin capable of targeting the Wolfcamp intervals.
- Anadarko has brought several wells online in the Delaware Wolfcamp that had 30-day IP rates above 1,000 BOE/d.
- Currently the Permian doesn't have enough pipeline takeaway capacity out of the region, which is pushing down realized prices.
- New pipelines being built will help alleviate the strain surging oil production has put on existing infrastructure in the area.
- The fall in oil prices has pushed Anadarko down from $110 a share to below $90, opening up a buying opportunity.
- Anadarko Petroleum increased its Wattenberg output by 87% year-over-year to 189,000 BOE/d, making the play a major source of liquids growth.
- A liquids heavy production mix makes the Wattenberg a very economical play.
- Near term start up of the Lucius Gulf of Mexico project will pad Anadarko's oil production levels.
- Negative FCF and $6.3 billion in net debt should be closely watched.
- APC boasts a high quality asset base and an excellent track record.
- It continues to be the most active portfolio manager among its peers and has outperformed its peers YTD.
- It offers an ideal combination of upstream operational momentum and value acceleration potential to drive further outperformance.
Anadarko Posts Strong Revenue Growth Despite Oil Price Slump
- Anadarko was able to secure total revenues of $5 billion, which were 30% higher than the revenues reported a year ago in the corresponding quarter.
- Anadarko is following up on its portfolio management initiatives by divesting from low margin projects to divert capital towards projects that are displaying signs of strong growth in the future.
- The oil market could remain volatile in the future, but Anadarko sees this as an opportunity to buy off oil producing assets at bargain prices in the future.
- The recent partnerships that have surfaced indicate that Anadarko is working towards strengthening its long term growth prospects.
Third Quarter Result Expectations And Investor Outlook For AnadarkoAll Bases Covered • Mon, Oct. 27
- The company was able to deliver on the sales front and recorded sales of 848,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
- For the Wattenberg Field, the company has plans to drill nearly 360 horizontal wells and operate 13 rigs in the field on average.
- Its 52 week low comes in at $73.60, while the 52 week high comes in at $113.51. Analysts expect share prices to reach $120.63 in the next year.
- Oil and gas prices remain volatile in the market and their impact on future revenues remain uncertain.
There's More To Anadarko's Declining Price Than Just Oil Price Correction
- Oil price decline is one contributing factor in Anadarko’s lowered stock price, but it is not the whole story.
- Company’s operations looked strong, as depicted by increased revenues in the first half, but will the company maintain the same standing in the second half?
- No unexpected increase is anticipated in dividends, as well as share repurchases.
- Anadarko derives more than 60% of its revenues from oil products and is currently focusing its business more on oil rather than natural gas.
- The company has completed all major work at the Lucius Project and has completed the Heidelberg Project.
- The company achieved production milestones in two of its oil projects during the second quarter which will further enhance the oil segment’s contribution to total revenue.
- Anadarko is also building one of the largest LNG projects ever taken up by a Western energy company in Mozambique but there are certain risks associated with this project.
- These projects would significantly increase production volume but due to falling oil, natural gas, and LNG prices the profit margin is going to be squeezed in the coming years.
- Anadarko’s second quarter total hydrocarbon production stood at 848,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, 50,000 barrels more per day than the previous year, and a record for the company.
- Deutsche Bank choose Anadarko Petroleum Corp. as one of their top picks with a $137 price target, 29% higher than the current price.
- Anadarko has consistently added about 51% more hydrocarbon reserves to its existing reserves than its production each year.
- The Wattenberg Field continues to benefit the company in the long term, as the company seeks to drill over 360 additional wells in the current year.
- Additionally, Anadarko has a well-positioned portfolio of U.S. assets, and is determined to increase its liquid contribution to around 45 percent of the total production.
- The company expects its 2014 capital budget to be around $8.6-$8.8 billion, and aims to retain the historical reserve replacement ratio of 150 percent.
- However, the $15 billion LNG project poses certain risks, such as start-up delays and overrun costs.
- Anadarko Petroleum’s focus towards growing liquid and oil production is paving the path for future growth.
- Its industry-leading liquid and oil assets with higher margins and strong cash generating potential putts it in a position to post big profits in the coming quarters.
- Anadarko is an attractive pick with the recent fall in price.
- Anadarko’s onshore assets, particularly the Wattenberg field, are well positioned to ensure bright long-term growth prospects for the company.
- The company expects to grow its hydrocarbon sales volume from the Wattenberg field by a CAGR of 20% in the long run.
- The company is also well positioned in the Gulf of Mexico.
- With the progression of recent projects, the company is expected to deliver increased sales volume.
- Anadarko has seen its stock skyrocket from $80 in April to around $110. The rise was mostly due to the settlement of a US Justice Department case.
- The financial metrics look good for Anadarko. Among these metrics are EV/EBITDA, Return on Capital, and Debt to Equity (even with the new bond issue).
- Anadarko is a strong player in many major finds throughout the world, including Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale.
- Catalysts for an increase in stock price include; issues in the Middle East, a possible merger/acquisition, and high net asset value per share.
Anadarko Petroleum Isn't The Best House In The Independent Drilling NeighborhoodAbba's Aces • Mon, Jul. 7
- The ominous cloud over the spill cleanup case has been lifted.
- The stock is fairly valued on 2015 earnings estimates.
- The technicals indicate some more downward momentum on the price of the stock.
Anadarko Petroleum - Fresh Highs On Deal Hopes, Too Late To Join The Momentum
- Anadarko Petroleum's shares hit fresh highs after renewed takeover chatter.
- Strong growth, interesting assets and a resolvement of the Tronox case increase the probabilities of a deal.
- Yet shares have already reflected a great deal of good news, it is too late for me to jump on the bandwagon.
Wed, Dec. 17, 2:20 PM
- New York Gov. Cuomo's administration says it will ban fracking statewide, citing health concerns and what it considers as limited economic benefits to drilling.
- NY's acting health commissioner said at a cabinet meeting in Albany today that studies on fracking’s effects on water, air and soil are inconsistent, incomplete and raise too many “red flags” for the state to allow it; the state Department of Environmental Conservation will now issue a legally-binding recommendation prohibiting fracking.
- The state has had a de facto moratorium on fracking for more than six years, so nothing really changes with today's decision.
- Parts of New York sit atop the gas-rich Marcellus shale formation, whose top producers include CHK, RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, COG, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN, AR.
Tue, Dec. 16, 7:21 PM
- "Low oil prices cure low oil prices,” meaning that low oil prices will take supply off line - primarily shale oil production in North America - and eventually prices will recover; if that maxim becomes reality, then it could be time pick up select energy stocks today at cheap prices, some analysts say.
- U.S. Global Investors' Brian Hicks, who believes oil is oversold, favors Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) for its low-cost Eagle Ford acreage purchased earlier this year, solid cash flow, and significant hedges in place on 2015 production; he also likes oil services companies Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) and Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP).
- Hodges Capital's Michael Breard likes North American oil producers that have the flexibility to shift to natural gas - where prices are more likely to hold up, he says - such as Matador Resources (NYSE:MTDR), Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) and Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX).
- Deutsche Bank analysts like companies with the balance sheet strength to survive, but also the budget flexibility, asset quality and performance record to suggest they can return to growth when energy prices go back up, including Anadarko (NYSE:APC), EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) and Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO).
Fri, Dec. 5, 5:38 PM
- The Eagle Ford shale formation in south Texas produced its billionth barrel of oil some time last month, according to analysts at research firm Wood Mackenzie.
- Eagle Ford now accounts for 16% of total U.S. oil production, and the firm forecasts E&P spending of $30.8B in the region next year, ~22% of the total $139.3B expected in U.S. onshore spending.
- Eagle Ford is widely considered the most profitable U.S. shale field, and many analysts speculate the break-even price for production to remain profitable is ~$50/bbl in much of the play.
- Top Eagle Ford producers include EOG, CHK, APC, MRO, BHP, APC, APA, BP, COG, CRZO, CWEI, CRK, COP, XOM, FST, GDP, HES, MTDR, MUR, NFX, PVA, PXD, ROSE, RDS.A, RDS.B, SN, SM, STO, SFY, TLM, ZAZA
Tue, Dec. 2, 3:13 PM
- Apache (APA -1%), Bill Barrett (BBG -5.6%) and Laredo Petroleum (LPI -4.9%) are downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho, as the firm lowers its crude oil price deck and views OPEC's decision not to cut production as a structural shift in crude oil markets.
- Although the current excess supply/weak demand situation will be resolved gradually, market fundamentals will increasingly drive crude prices in a ~$70/bbl world, the firm says; in the E&P space, it prefers APC, MRO, FANG, RSPP and RICE.
Tue, Dec. 2, 2:48 PM
- Energy stocks (XLE +1.4%) are posting the day's largest gains among S&P sectors, rebounding from recent losses even as Nymex crude oil fell another $2.05 to $66.97/bbl.
- Refiners Marathon Petroleum (MPC +4%) and Valero (VLO +4.1%) and pipeline operator Williams Cos. (WMB +1.5%) are among the top gainers, while losers include most oil services companies such as Halliburton (HAL -2.2%) and rig operator Transocean (RIG -3.7%).
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +1.6%), Cimarex Energy (XEC +1%), Devon Energy (DVN +0.7%), EOG Resources (EOG +3.8%) and Marathon Oil (MRO +3.5%) were selected top “safe haven” picks for analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt, which said they are “liquid names with high-quality assets and healthy balance sheets."
Fri, Nov. 28, 7:25 AM
- OPEC yesterday decided to hold production numbers despite the bear market in oil. WTI crude is down about $5 per barrel to $69.
- A premarket look at the top 10 holdings of the XLE: Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) -4.1%, Chevron (NYSE:CVX) -4.1%, Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) -4.6%, ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) -4.4%, EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) -4.3%, Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) -4.8%, Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) -4.3%, Haliburton (NYSE:HAL) -4.7%, Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) -5%, Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) -1.6%.
- ETFs: ERX, VDE, OIH, XOP, ERY, FCG, DIG, PBW, GASL, DUG, IYE, XES, IEO, QCLN, IEZ, PXE, PXI, FENY, PXJ, PSCE, RYE, PUW, FXN, DDG, HECO
Tue, Nov. 25, 2:46 PM
- "Not surprisingly, billionaires reduced their energy allocations (NYSEARCA:XLE) during Q3," says Direxion, unveiling the quarterly rebalance for the iBillionaire Index (which serves as the benchmark for the IBLN ETF). Attention was instead shifted to healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV) and materials (NYSEARCA:XLB), with companies like Humana (NYSE:HUM) and Monsanto (NYSE:MON).
- Also added to the index: TMO, GM, FB, CBS, GOOG, MAS, APD, DAL, NOV, WHR, THC, ABBV.
- Dropped from the index: AIG, MCK, CTSH, MSI, RIG, CI, APC, GPS, MSFT, CMCSA, NFLX, MHFI, WMB, ICE.
- Outlying sectors: Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) makes up 23.33% of the iBillionaire Index vs. 11.68% for the S&P 500, and Industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) and financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) make up just 6.67% each of the index vs. 10.44 and 16.30 of the S&P 500, respectively. Consumer Staples (NYSEARCA:XLP) have zero representation in the index vs. 9.7% in the S&P 500.
- Previously: Direxion launched an ETF with iBillionaire today
Fri, Nov. 21, 5:55 PM
- Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, giant new oil projects are returning to the Gulf of Mexico - bigger and more expensive than ever - even as U.S. oil prices are below $80/bbl at a four-year low.
- New projects alone have the combined capacity to pump ~900K bbl/day: Hess (NYSE:HES) said Monday it had started pumping crude from its deepwater Tubular Bells installation, Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Anadarko (NYSE:APC) plan to start up two more major Gulf projects in coming months, and Hess, Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and other partners recently OK'd a $6B Gulf development.
- Even BP is returning in a big way, with two Gulf projects and plans to spend $4B/year in the Gulf for the next decade, as it works on technology to drill at greater depths.
- All this is happening even as costs are jumping, partly because companies are drilling farther from shore and in deeper waters; deepwater wells are up to 25% more expensive today than in 2010, and drilling the average deepwater Gulf well takes 13% longer than it did before the 2010 spill.
- Shell’s (RDS.A, RDS.B) 100K bbl/day Olympus, which came online ahead of schedule and under budget, began tapping oil and gas in the Gulf in February; it is also working on a new Gulf project that will tap an oil field under 9,500 feet of water, 3x deeper than Olympus.
Mon, Nov. 17, 3:59 PM
- In the wake of Halliburton's (NYSE:HAL) $34.6B offer for Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), it appears the next hot sector for M&A action is energy: More consolidation is likely, given the weakness for stocks in the oilfield services subsector, low interest rates, and as a drop in demand for oil increases cutthroat pricing competition.
- Speculation is running rampant as investors try to figure out who is next in an industry that is sure to undergo some more consolidation; some names identified as possible candidates include Kodiak Oil and Gas (NYSE:KOG), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).
- GE could go after National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) to show it is serious about the energy industry after last year’s purchase of pumpmaker Lufkin, Royal Bank of Canada says, and Oppenheimer says even BP could be an acquisition candidate.
- But Morgan Stanley does not see offshore drillers getting in on the action, as larger players like Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) are still addressing dividend concerns while smaller companies such as Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) and Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) still trade close to replacement value.
Fri, Nov. 14, 4:56 PM
- New developments and the expansion of older oil fields are expected to lift deepwater Gulf of Mexico production 18% Y/Y to 1.9M boe/day in 2016, the first new production peak seen since 2009, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest outlook.
- However, production is expected to plateau for the remainder of the decade following the 2016 peak due to the depletion of legacy fields and a limited number of new projects coming onstream.
- Among top Gulf producers: RDS.A, RDS.B, BP, CVX, BHP, APC, APA, HES, E, EXXI.
Thu, Nov. 13, 5:39 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) has suspended some operations in Colorado after a Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) worker was killed and two others were seriously injured at an APC well site in the Wattenberg oil and gas field.
- The workers were trying to heat a high-pressure water line that had frozen in record-breaking cold conditions, when it ruptured.
Tue, Nov. 11, 2:52 PM
- Count BofA's Doug Leggate among analysts seeing an opportunity to become contrarian bullish on the energy sector, which he says is now discounting $75 oil.
- His top picks in the sector are Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) and Hess (NYSE:HES), while Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) justify another look; also, pure play gas names Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) remain Buy rated.
- On the technical side, BofA's Stephen Suttmeier notes the sector hit capitulation levels in mid-October not seen since 2002, suggesting the worst is over and energy is poised to build a base and head higher.
- Earlier: Top energy stocks may have bottomed even if oil has not, J.P. Morgan says.
Tue, Nov. 11, 11:26 AM
- A new report from J.P. Morgan says hammered stocks in the energy exploration and production sector may have bottomed, even if the price of oil hasn’t yet.
- JPM says investors looking to buy energy stocks should buy the E&P names with operational momentum and strong balance sheets, including Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), which the firm sees as potential takeover candidates.
- The firm also likes Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC).
Tue, Nov. 11, 3:25 AM
- Clearing the final hurdle for its cleanup settlement, Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) has received the green-light from a federal judge to pay $5.15B to resolve pollution claims against its Kerr-McGee unit.
- The deal, reached in April, settled a lawsuit against Anadarko from creditors of Tronox (NYSE:TROX), the paint materials maker that was once a unit of Kerr-McGee.
- The bankruptcy judge who oversaw Tronox's Chapter 11 case and presided over the trial, approved the deal in May.
- Previously: Confirmed: Anadarko settles Tronox cleanup case for $5.15B
- Previously: Anadarko Petroleum's $5.15B pollution settlement approved by judge
Fri, Nov. 7, 7:19 AM
Wed, Nov. 5, 12:45 PM
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +2.7%) VP of international exploration Frank Patterson worries the shale boom may be less sustainable than it seems, noting that unlike conventional drilling which taps a reservoir where oil or gas has collected, fracking taps the source rock where petroleum originates - what’s left after that?
- Also, young geologists are learning the manufacturing-like process of drilling lots of shale wells at the expense of learning how to explore for new oil, which Patterson calls “potentially a big problem in the future” for E&P companies.
- Meanwhile, Denton becomes the first city in Texas to ban fracking, as voters approved an initiative against the controversial drilling method (NYSEARCA:FRAK).
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