Concho Resources: Drilling Gushers On Wall Street
Concho's Mad Shale Oil Skills In The Permian's Delaware Basin
Jennifer Warren • 10 Comments
Jennifer Warren • 10 Comments
Wed, Jul. 13, 3:19 PM
- Whiting Petroleum (WLL -2.3%) is upgraded to Outperform from Neutral with a $14 price target, up from $13, at Credit Suisse, which says the stock's pullback following the recent debt swap has provided a compelling entry point.
- The firm says WLL's extensive inventory in the core of the Williston coupled with improving type curves from larger completions provide compelling near-term catalysts, as drilling activity should accelerate in 2017 at the latest; asset sales remain another key catalyst, with remaining assets on the block including North Ward Estes and the monetization of WLL’s Williston Basin gas plants.
- Credit Suisse also sees strong upside potential for Concho Resources (CXO -1%), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD -1.7%) and Newfield Exploration (NFX -1.1%) as well performance improves in the Permian and STACK.
- WLL and other oil companies are broadly lower after WTI crude fell below $45/bbl as EIA weekly storage data showed a surprise rise in stockpiles.
Tue, Jun. 7, 3:44 PM
- Seaport Global Securities upgrades a half-dozen energy E&P stocks - and downgrades two others - even after the group has rallied YTD, saying it is "willing to overlook higher leverage as long as the operational trajectory is notably improving."
- Noble Energy (NBL +4.2%) and Eclipse Resources (ECR +5.5%) are upgraded to Buy from Neutral, as NBL boasts "strong growth and cheap valuation relative to peers" and ERC is "among the cheapest NE gas names while offering good compression in out-year multiples."
- Seaport hikes Synergy Resources (SYRG +2.4%) to Buy from Accumulate thanks to "top-tier growth potential at >$50 oil."
- Upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral are Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO +4.3%), as “strong Eagle Ford returns justify return to growth,” and Concho Resources (CXO +4.6%), with “high-quality exposure to the Delaware Basin poised to garner further credit."
- The firm raises WPX Energy (WPX +0.2%) to Neutral from Sell, citing “leverage burden eased with equity, higher commodity price deck assumptions, recent operational progress."
- However, Oasis Petroleum (OAS +0.7%) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy as “NAV valuation gap has closed after a 54% move since our March 30 report," and Petroquest Energy (PQ +1.3%) is cut to Accumulate from Buy as “risk/reward upside has tempered" following a 67% move since March 30.
Mon, Apr. 18, 2:31 PM
- Investors should stay on defense through select oil and gas stocks such as Concho Resources (CXO +2.5%), Noble Energy (NBL +0.9%), PDC Energy (PDCE +4.3%), Parsley Energy (PE +2.2%), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +2.3%), Synergy Resources (SYRG +1.5%) and Cimarex Energy (XEC +1.8%) following the producers' failure to reach a deal at Doha, Stifel says.
- The firm says the balance sheets of the seven companies should remain sound even if WTI oil prices fall short of its $37/bbl forecast for 2016, and the group also owns some of the strongest assets as measured by half-cycle returns.
- A re-surging market share battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran casts doubt on the timing of a realignment of oil supply and demand, and the divide between the two countries runs deep and could widen if the Saudis flood an oversupplied market with additional barrels, Stifel says.
- Now read Stifel downgrades "riskier" oil stocks ahead of OPEC meeting
Tue, Feb. 16, 5:58 PM
Fri, Feb. 12, 2:37 PM
- Whiting Petroleum (WLL -8.9%) may have received the toughest treatment from Moody's, but the ratings agency downgrades a total of eight of companies as part of a sweeping re-examination of oil and gas producers.
- The ratings affected companies rated Ba, or the first tier of debt Moody’s considers risky enough to be a speculative investment.
- While Moody's cut WLL's debt rating by five notches, SM Energy (SM -1.2%) and WPX Energy (WPX +3.5%) both fell four notches to B2 from Ba1, and cites the likelihood of a "dramatic increase in financial leverage in 2017” with SM's cut.
- QEP Resources (QEP -0.5%) and Energen (EGN -11.6%) fell three notches to B1 from Ba1.
- Unit Corp. (UNT +2%) fell two notches to B2 from Ba3, which Range Resources (RRC +0.7%) and Newfield Exploration (NFX +2.7%) both slipped to Ba3 from Ba1.
- Ratings for Antero Resources (AR +2.7%) and Concho Resources (CXO +2.2%) were confirmed at Ba2 and Ba1, respectively.
Tue, Jan. 5, 2:47 PM
- An eventual upturn in crude oil prices should turn the tide for the E&P sector In 2016, Citi analyst Robert Morris says as he upgrades Anadarko Petroleum (APC -1%), Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ +1%), EOG Resources (EOG +0.8%) and Cimarex Energy (XEC +1.4%) to Buy from Neutral and ups Oasis Petroleum (OAS -3.3%) to Neutral from Sell.
- For the first time in more than a decade, the per share debt-adjusted growth metrics within the E&P sector showed no correlation to the share price performance in 2015, according to Morris; without a further collapse in commodity prices, he sees debt-adjusted growth metrics, along with key debt metrics and the ability to increase production by spending within cash flow, driving relative E&P share performance.
- Morris maintains Buy ratings on Antero Resources (AR -2.4%), Apache (APA -2.3%), Concho Resources (CXO +1%), Memorial Resource Development (MRD -2%), Range Resources (RRC -0.4%) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL -7.1%), but downgrades Hess (HES -0.5%) to Neutral from Buy.
Dec. 9, 2015, 10:36 AM
- Concho Resources (CXO +2.3%) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +4.3%) are named J.P. Morgan's top large-cap picks among E&P companies focused on the Permian Basin, which the firm says is positioned at the low end of the U.S. tight oil cost curve and thus poised to benefit from efficiency and productivity gains.
- CXO boasts a deep inventory of high rate of return locations in the Delaware Basin; given the company's success there, the firm sees the potential for a "positive rate of change" in the Midland Basin.
- Even though PXD has lagged its Permian peers over the past 12-18 months on a weaker capital efficiency metric, the firm expects the company to realize a positive turn in capital efficiency along with differential oil growth to drive outperformance.
- Parsley Energy (PE +4.2%) and Diamondback Energy (FANG +4.4%) are JPM's top small- and mid-cap picks; Cimarex (XEC +1.7%), Energen (EGN +1.8%) and RSP Permian (RSPP +2.6%) are rated Neutral, while Laredo Petroleum (LPI +4.7%) is tagged with an Underweight rating.
Nov. 12, 2015, 5:48 PM
- Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE:CWEI) +8.4% AH following a Bloomberg report that Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) is seeking to buy the company.
- CWEI has drawn interest from other suitors, according to the report, after saying last month that it had retained Goldman Sachs to help it explore options including a sale.
- CXO is viewed as a strong candidate to win a sale process for CWEI, given its relatively strong share price, which means it can outbid other suitors using its stock as currency, and it could save money by combining overlapping operations it has with CWEI in the Permian Basin.
Sep. 30, 2015, 5:36 PM
Sep. 30, 2015, 4:30 PM
- Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) -3.9% AH after announcing a public offering of 7M common shares, with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 1.05M shares.
- CXO says it plans to use the proceeds to repay all outstanding borrowings under its credit facility, which were used in part to finance recent acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes, including funding potential future acquisitions.
May 4, 2015, 12:27 PM
- Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD -2.6%) plunges following negative comments on PXD and other frackers by Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn at the Ira Sohn conference.
- Einhorn calls for shorting PXD, which he dubs "the motherfracker," and says PXD loses $0.20 of present value for every $1 invested, is burning cash and is not growing.
- Of the sector, Einhorn says fracking companies offer an "almost infinite supply of negative return investment opportunities."
- Einhorn says he also is short WLL -2.5%, CXO -1.2%, CLR -1%, EOG -0.7%.
Feb. 26, 2015, 4:35 PM
- Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO) -2.8% AH after announcing a public offering of 5.6M common shares., with an underwriters option to purchase up to an additional 840K shares.
- CXO says it expects to use the proceeds to repay all outstanding borrowings under the its credit facility and for general corporate purposes, which may include funding its drilling and development program and future acquisitions.
Jan. 12, 2015, 3:17 PM
- Goldman Sachs upgrades a few energy stocks even as it cast a pall of gloom over most of the sector today (I, II, III), raising Chesapeake Energy (CHK -3.6%) to Buy from Neutral and Parsley Energy (PE -4.2%) to Neutral from Sell as potential "shale sale" winners.
- Despite PE's relative vulnerability to lower oil prices because of its weak balance sheet and negative projected free cash, Goldman has more confidence that its core Permian Basin position makes it an attractive M&A target.
- Among potential "shale scale" winners - companies that either can build positions in the core and reduce costs of capital - the firm's favorites remain EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) and Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO).
- However, Goldman cuts Bill Barrett (BBG -8.3%) to Sell from Neutral, seeing greater downside risk to its production in a lower oil price environment, and lowers Eclipse Resources (ECR -1.5%) to Neutral from Buy due to a persistently wide funding gap through 2017 coupled with a weak balance sheet.
Aug. 6, 2014, 4:33 PM
- Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO): Q2 EPS of $1.04 beats by $0.07.
- Revenue of $704.7M (+25.2% Y/Y) beats by $27.99M.
- Shares +1.1%.
May 12, 2014, 11:49 AM
- Concho Resources (CXO -2.6%) says it will launch a public offering of 6M common shares, and will apply proceeds toward repaying all outstanding borrowings under its credit facility as well as funding its three-year accelerated growth plan and capital commitments related to the midstream joint venture and future acquisitions.
- CXO earlier reported Q1 earnings and revenues ahead of analyst consensus, and an 18% Y/Y production increase to 9.1M boe (5.8M barrels of oil, 19.8B cf of natural gas); raises its FY 2014 production guidance range to 20%-24% Y/Y growth.
- CXO also announced a partnership with a private company to build a crude oil pipeline in the northern Delaware Basin in Texas.
Feb. 24, 2014, 12:13 PM
- Concho Resources (CXO +4.6%) continues to push higher after a positive mention by Ron Baron on CNBC before the open as the company he likes best to exploit the U.S. shale boom.
- CXO has been aggregating drilling lands, he says, "and once they have this acreage, they're going to be able to be acquisition candidates by the really big oil companies who don't want to do the legwork."
- Citing rising U.S. spending on health care, Baron likes Illumina (ILMN +3.6%), which he says is taking advantage of the falling costs of sequencing the genome.
Concho Resources, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company, which engages in the acquisition, development and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. Its operations are focused in the Permian Basin region of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. The company's three core operating... More
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