Mon, Nov. 9, 3:34 PM
- Apache (APA +14.3%) shares reach their highs of the day after a report that the company had rejected a takeover offer after a suitor was lured by APA's $1.6B in cash and low leverage to help strengthen its balance sheet and fund a dividend.
- One analyst thinks Hess (HES -0.8%) and Murphy Oil (MUR +0.5%) - with strong balance sheets and which have materially underperformed in 2015 as investors have focused on E&Ps with longer life onshore portfolios - also could be buyout targets.
- But shares of APA’s peers have enjoyed little benefit from the report, which Heard On The Street's Spencer Jakab says suggests that the bargains on offer among North American oil and gas producers are not compelling enough to kick off a round of consolidation and that the list of buyers is short.
- Analysts at Simmons thinks Exxon Mobil (XOM -2.1%) and BP (BP -0.5%) are the most likely prospective buyers for APA.
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Mon, Oct. 12, 3:45 PM
- Barclays maintains a Neutral rating on the group of 10 Americas-based oil majors, expecting the group to miss consensus expectations in the light of lower crude oil and gas prices, while it reduces the ratings and price targets of several of the companies.
- Although the refining companies have benefited from a modest widening of the key North American crude differentials and stronger product cracks, the firm says higher operating costs and lower than expected margin capture rate at several refiners due to unplanned outages have partially offset these benefits.
- Barclays downgrades Petrobras (PBR -3.7%) to Equal Weight from Overweight, as the company’s unsustainable levels of debt, cash flow outlook and concerns surrounding the corruption investigation cannot be ignored even as shares appear attractively valued; Imperial Oil (IMO -2.1%) also is cut to Equal Weight from Overweight.
- The firm maintains Suncor Energy (SU -0.5%) and Husky Energy (OTCPK:HUSKF -1.9%) at Overweight, saying the two stocks offer the best value over the next 12 months on a risk-adjusted basis, while maintaining Chevron (CVX -0.9%), Hess (HES -2.8%) and Murphy Oil (MUR -3.2%) with Equal weight ratings; it cuts price targets slightly for all five companies.
- Earlier: Exxon upgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays
Thu, Oct. 8, 1:57 PM
- Oppenheimer energy analysts expect just one of the 15 pure-play E&P companies it covers to report positive EPS in Q3, just two to post positive EPS in Q4, and only two to finish in the green for 2016.
- Devon Energy (DVN +1.5%) is the only large E&P Oppenheimer expects to post a profit in Q3 and one of only two, along with Range Resources (RRC +1.5%), seen recording a profit in Q4.
- The firm sees Anadarko Petroleum (APC +2.4%), Hess (HES +4.1%) and Murphy Oil (MUR +3.5%) as the hardest hit stocks in Q3, forecasting respective EPS losses of $0.76, $0.91 and $1.13.
- Oppenheimer projects only ConocoPhillips (COP +1.2%) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY +1.9%) coming through with a profit for full-year 2016.
Wed, Aug. 12, 10:15 AM
- Syncrude is facing an environmental protection order following the deaths of 30 great blue herons at an abandoned sump pond at its Mildred Lake mine site near Fort McMurray, Alberta.
- Although bird deterrents were working elsewhere on the mine site, Syncrude says no such equipment was in operation at the sump.
- Syncrude was fined $3M in 2008 when more than 1,600 ducks died after they landed on a company tailings pond.
- Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF) owns 37% of Syncrude, with stakes also held by lead operator Imperial Oil (NYSEMKT:IMO), Suncor (NYSE:SU), Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR), Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) and Cnooc (NYSE:CEO).
Tue, Aug. 4, 10:56 AM
- Murphy Oil (MUR +2.2%) is moving strongly off yesterday's 52-week lows on news that CEO Roger Jenkins bought 15K shares on Aug. 3 at $32.36/share, a purchase totaling ~$485K that brings his direct holdings in MUR to more than 95K shares.
- MUR delivered Q2 results last week that showed a net operating loss of $89M, or $0.51/share, vs. a profit of $142.7M, or $0.79/share, in the same period a year ago.
Fri, Jul. 31, 4:24 PM
- Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) fell consistently into the close to finish -6.2% today as Oppenheimer downgraded the stock to Perform, from Outperform.
- The firm also pulled its $55 price target, "as we expect the deficit spending to continue into 2017 and beyond at average crude oil prices below $80/b," writes analyst Fadel Gheit.
- Shares closed yesterday at $34.97 after rising 2.3% in the wake of earnings where it posted a net loss narrower than expected. UBS pulled its Sell rating on the results.
- "We expect MUR to face a cash flow deficit of $1.6B this year and $900M next year, which will be funded from $1.3B cash on hand and additional borrowing," said Oppenheimer's Gheit.
Thu, Jul. 30, 3:57 PM
- Murphy Oil (MUR +1.7%) no longer rates a Sell at UBS, which upgrades shares to Neutral with a $36 price target after announcing a Q2 loss of $0.48, better than the analyst consensus estimate of a $0.54 loss.
- MUR says Q2 production averaged 201.9K boe/day, down 4% Y/Y but ahead of its guidance of 197K boe/day, mostly due to new well performance in the Eagle Ford Shale and risked startup of the Medusa expansion project; MUR raises its full-year production guidance to 200K-208K boe/day.
- MUR says it will revamp its deepwater exploration strategy to focus on lower-risk drilling after hitting another dry hole in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Despite MUR's strong balance sheet, UBS does not believe the stock warrants a premium valuation to peers given its large free cash flow deficit, lack of long-term growth visibility, and below average debt-adjusted growth outlook.
- MUR says its FY 2015 capex outlook remains unchanged at $2.3B, which UBS expects to cause a free cash flow deficit of more than $1B at current strip prices.
Wed, Jul. 22, 2:37 PM
- A reduction in non-OPEC production eventually will provide an opportunity for U.S. producers to get back in the game, Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear says as he upgrades the oil and gas E&P sector to Overweight and changes ratings for several individual stocks.
- Lear sees a handful of names with limited downside at WTI prices of ~$60/bbl and “decent” upside with prices in the $70’s, and expects a better year for natural gas in 2016 as dropoffs in production and higher demand could lead to higher winter prices.
- "We may be early,” but Credit Suisse assumes coverage at Outperform on some E&P stocks: EOG, EPE, PXD, DNR, APC, DVN.
- Upgraded to Outperform from Neutral: HES, CXO, CRZO, NBL
- Upgraded to Neutral from Underperform: MUR.
- Assumed coverage at Neutral: APA, DNR
- Assumed at Underperform: SD, SWN
- Downgraded to Underperform from Neutral: REXX, CRK
Tue, Jul. 14, 8:59 AM
- Vietnam's national oil company is set to work with Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) to strengthen cooperation in oil and gas projects in the country.
- MUR President/CEO Roger Jenkins signs an MOU with PetroVietnam to boost cooperation in petroleum projects, particularly the development of the Block B gas project in the Malay Tho Chu basin and some blocks in the Cuu Long basin offshore Vietnam.
- PetroVietnam and XOM are discussing plans to produce first gas from the Ca Voi Xanh gas field off central Vietnam by 2021.
- In June, PetroVietnam acquired full interest in Chevron's companies in the country.
Mon, Jul. 13, 11:42 AM
- Murphy Oil (MUR +0.5%) is downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $48 price target, cut from $50, at Morgan Stanley, which cites a shorter drilling inventory life, challenged offshore strategy and higher cash burn than peers.
- Stanley believes MUR will lag the large-cap E&P group whether the oil price recovery follows a V- or a U-shaped trajectory, and expects its valuation discount to widen during initial stages of a recovery.
- The firm thinks MUR should lag as its short inventory life returns to focus; assuming normalized 2016 activity level, it says MUR would exit 2015 with just seven years of Eagle Ford drilling locations vs. a 20-year average inventory for stocks in its large-cap E&P coverage universe.
Tue, Jul. 7, 6:43 PM
- Barclays’ Paul Cheng predicts all 10 Americas-based oil majors - XOM, CVX, COP, HES, MUR, SU, CVE, IMO, OTCPK:HUSKF, PBR - will beat earnings forecasts, benefiting from strong downstream and chemical performances as well as better than expected production volumes and a lower operating cost environment.
- Cheng estimates the oil majors will exceed the current EPS consensus by a median of 30% while the refiners will beat by 9%.
- Cheng raises his full-year EPS forecast for CVX to $3.75 from $3.55 and for COP to $0.25 from $0.20, but lowers his forecast for XOM to $4 from $4.05.
Mon, Jul. 6, 12:21 PM
- Murphy Oil (MUR -0.6%) has shut in 33 of its heavy oil wells in northern Alberta after a regulatory sweep found the wells were not properly capturing gasses.
- In a statement released Friday, the provincial regulator said all sites will remain shut-in or partially shut-in until it approves MUR’s plan to correct the problem.
Thu, Jun. 25, 12:43 PM
- While UBS downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK -4.2%) and Murphy Oil (MUR -2.4%) today (I, II), the firm also upgrades Marathon Oil (MRO +1.4%) to Buy from Neutral with a $32 target price, finding MRO an attractive way to play its expectation for a long-term recovery in oil prices.
- UBS notes MRO's high oil exposure, above average debt-adjusted growth, leverage to low-cost resource in the Eagle Ford and SCOOP/STACK, strong balance sheet and inexpensive valuation vs. peers.
- The firm also says MRO is trading at a wider than normal discount to peers despite an above average cash flow per debt-adjusted share growth outlook.
Thu, Jun. 25, 11:25 AM
- Murphy Oil (MUR -2.4%) is downgraded to Sell from Neutral with a $41 price target, reduced from $45, at UBS, which believes MUR's sharp capex cut this year will lead to a declining production profile in 2015 and 2016.
- Concerns about MUR's ability to deliver competitive long-term growth are underscored by the absence of a large exploration discovery over the last few years, a maturing Malaysian position and Eagle Ford growth which is expected to plateau in 2017, UBS says.
- The firm believes these growth concerns could prompt it to pursue an acquisition at a time when E&P valuations and sellers expectations remain inflated.
- Earlier: Chesapeake Energy cut to Sell at UBS
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