SandRidge Mississippian Trust I (SDT -24.7%), SandRidge Mississippian Trust II (SDR -12.3%), and SandRidge Permian Trust (PER -6.2%) are all off sharply after each cut their distributions by about 50% last night.
The May dividend comes from production in the early part of the year when oil was closer to $30 per barrel. The payouts would be due for an upgrade if oil around $45 holds.
Hit hard two days ago as oil fell below $37/barrel, oil/gas industry names are seeing more pain today after the EIA reported U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.6M barrels last week - expectations were for a decline. The report comes shortly after the API estimated U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.9M barrels during the most recent weekly period.
After rising yesterday, WTI crude is down 3.1% to $36.71/barrel. Brent crude is down 2.9% to $36.69/barrel. Nymex natural gas is down 7.3% to $2.20/MMBtu.
The biggest decliners include Chesapeake Energy (CHK -4.1%), Petrobras (PBR -4.1%), Linn Energy (LINE -7.5%), Gulfport Energy (GPOR -5.2%), SeaDrill (SDRL -5.5%), MV Oil Trust (MVO -4.5%), EV Energy Partners (EVEP -6.7%), and Southwestern Energy (SWN -5.7%).
Other notable decliners include Hercules Offshore (HERO -5.2%), Marathon Oil (MRO -4%), Devon Energy (DVN -4.4%), Encana (ECA -4.1%), Range Resources (RRC -4.7%), Sandridge Mississippian Trust (SDR -4%), Newfield Exploration (NFX -3.8%), BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (BPT -3.1%), Enerplus (ERF -3.9%), and ONEOK Partners (OKS -2.5%).
Though most large-cap energy stocks closed the day with modest gains or losses, a slew of small-cap and mid-cap U.S. oil and gas plays sold off on a day that saw WTI crude once more fall below $55/barrel, and Henry Hub natural gas drop below $3/mmBtu for the first time since 2012, before bouncing a little.
SandRidge Mississippian Trust II (SDR -3.2%) is downgraded to Underperform with an $11 price target, down from $16, at RBC on concerns about an 18% Q/Q dive in production despite 20 gross new wells drilled in Q3, which the firm says is far below even the most pessimistic views.
The firm also lowers SandRidge Permian Trust (PER -3%) to Underperform, with the price target cut to $14 from $17, believing the time has come to look beyond the attractive yield at the risks associated with the lack of communication, operational transparency and production trend visibility.