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Cimarex Energy: 'The Permian Charm'
Richard Zeits • 21 Comments
Richard Zeits • 21 Comments
Mon, Sep. 19, 5:47 AM
Tue, Sep. 13, 10:48 AM
- U.S. and Oklahoma state officials are lowering by 22 the number of injection wells ordered to be shut in at an area where a 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred on Sept. 3.
- State officials say the 27 wastewater wells ordered to be shut compared with the shutdown of 37 wastewater injection wells announced within hours of the quake earlier this month, while the EPA ordered the shut-in of five wells in its area of jurisdiction, down from 17 shut-ins it announced earlier this month.
- The mandatory shut-ins are expected to last at least six months and may become permanent, depending on new data that is collected.
- PetroQuest Energy (NYSE:PQ) reportedly has been the only publicly traded U.S. company among the operators affected by regulators' orders.
- Oklahoma's top oil and gas producers include CLR, CHK, DVN, MRO, NFX, XEC and SD.
Tue, Sep. 6, 12:39 PM
- A backlash against fracking in Oklahoma could grow following this weekend's 5.6-magnitude, earthquake as the U.S. Geological Survey examines whether the record-breaking tremor was triggered by the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.
- The USGS says it "cannot currently conclude whether or not this particular earthquake was caused by industrial-related, human activities. However, we do know that many earthquakes in Oklahoma have been triggered by wastewater fluid injection.”
- “They are going to push the industry to come up with some permanent solutions,” says Michael Lynch of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. “It’s hard to believe Oklahoma would move to ban fracking, but I can see where they would say to people that they have to do something else with the wastewater."
- PetroQuest Energy (PQ -3%) was ordered to shut four of its disposal wells in Oklahoma, and was the only publicly traded U.S. company among the operators affected by state regulators' orders to suspend a total of 37 wastewater disposal wells.
- Oklahoma's leading oil and gas producers include CLR, CHK, DVN, MRO, NFX, XEC and SD.
Tue, Aug. 30, 6:52 PM
- Earlier fears that some energy companies might not be able to secure new lines of credit because of the collapse in oil prices seem to be a thing of the past; in fact, banks are willing to lend but energy companies do not seem particularly eager to borrow, says Stifel's Daniel Guffy and his analyst team.
- Banks have sought to work through the debt challenges in the energy end markets, as forcing a bankruptcy risks a liquidation that would not come close to recovering the loan value; banks seem willing to lend again as the fall redetermination begins, but E&P companies have little appetite to add leverage, although this could shift as E&P fundamentals improve, Stifel says.
- Companies in Stifel's coverage that have chosen to take a defensive posture by reigning in capex and curbing growth to protect balance sheets and/or preserve liquidity include Buy-rated CRZO, EGN, NFX and XEC, as well as Hold-rated CLR, COG, CRK and PQ.
Mon, Aug. 29, 6:25 PM
- Williams Capital believes oil industry fundamentals are solid despite current commodity price levels but is cautious overall and advises investors not to chase the recent run at current valuations.
- However, the firm recommends select underappreciated companies with lower expectations and re-rating potential, and thinks companies situated in core resource plays that can demonstrate further capital efficiency improvements with catalysts will continue to garner top valuations and M&A premiums.
- Two of Williams' favorites are SM Energy (NYSE:SM), which the firm says remains one of the cheapest names in the sector with a solid balance sheet and assets as well as a conservative management team, and Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX), which Williams sees thriving through the current downturn given its strong balance sheet, ample financial liquidity and strong hedge book.
- Also initiated with Buy ratings: Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG), Energen (NYSE:EGN), Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR), Oasis Petroleum (NYSE:OAS), PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).
- Driven largely by valuation, Williams assigns Hold ratings on Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:FANG), Gastar Exploration (NYSEMKT:GST), Laredo Petroleum (NYSE:LPI), Parsley Energy (NYSE:PE), Rice Energy (NYSE:RICE) and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC).
Mon, Aug. 8, 11:57 AM
- SM Energy’s (SM +7.2%) $980M purchase of drilling rights in the Permian Basin shows that producers are willing to pay a premium for access to one of the few spots where oil exploration still turns a profit, Bloomberg reports.
- SM will pay the equivalent of $39.5K/acre for drilling rights across 24,783 acres in the Permian Basin, will ahead of the $25K-$35K that acreage in the Permian’s Midland Basin section had been fetching as recently as May and almost doubling SM's holdings in the region.
- Other Permian producers also are trading higher, including: PXD +2.2%, CXO +1.8%, XEC +2.1%, CWEI +6.1%, APA +3.8%, FANG +2.1%, PE +1.2%, QEP +3.6%, RSPP +2.4%, APC +2.6%, DVN +3.7%, MTDR +2.3%.
Wed, Aug. 3, 5:08 PM
Tue, Aug. 2, 5:35 PM
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Thu, Jun. 30, 6:38 PM
- The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has fallen 25% YTD from a year ago, a decline attributed in part to actions by state regulators to restrict the oil and gas industry’s practice of pumping wastewater from its operations deep underground.
- More than 2,700 temblors of magnitude 2.5 or higher occurred in Oklahoma last year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey; the state experienced 1,097 quakes of similar magnitude in the first six months of this year, down from ~1,400 over the same period in 2015.
- Oklahoma's leading oil and gas producers include CLR, CHK, DVN, MRO, NFX and XEC.
Mon, Jun. 20, 2:25 PM
- Marathon Oil (MRO +10.4%) powers higher after snapping up P-E-backed PayRock Energy for $888M, increasing its footprint in Oklahoma's prolific STACK oil play.
- MRO expects internal rates of return for the new addition of 60%-80% before taxes at a WTI price of $50/bbl.
- CEO Lee Tillman says MRO would ratchet up drilling activity if crude prices held above $50/bbl for a while, and that the Oklahoma oil region is profitable enough that it can compete for capital against the company’s other oil plays.
- SunTrust analysts consider ~60% of Payrock’s position to be in the core STACK, and estimates the core acreage value at ~$15K/acre, which appears in line with recent transactions.
- The firm also thinks MRO's move is good news for core STACK players Newfield Exploration (NFX +0.5%), Cimarex Energy (XEC +1.3%), Continental Resources (CLR +1.2%), Devon Energy (DVN +4.6%) and Chesapeake Energy (CHK +3.3%).
Fri, May 13, 3:13 PM
Wed, May 4, 5:03 PM
- Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC): Q1 EPS of -$0.40 in-line.
- Revenue of $240.6M (-33.4% Y/Y) misses by $8.09M.
Tue, May 3, 5:35 PM
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Tue, Apr. 19, 7:17 PM
- The risk-reward balance for select oil and gas stocks that emphasize balance sheet quality resilient 2016 production profiles looks "increasingly compelling" for long-term investors, Morgan Stanley analysts say.
- Stanley maintains a "balanced" view for 2016 in a second consecutive trough year, but the longer-term outlook grows more compelling; in each of the firm's recovery scenarios, the upside to net asset value reflects the commodity price required to deliver the call on U.S. production in 2019, and is ~166%, 107%, and 40% in its respective bull, base and bear cases.
- The firm's Overweight-rated E&P stocks are Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC), Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:FANG), Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).
- Now read Devon Energy +5% following Morgan Stanley upgrade
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
Fri, Apr. 15, 5:41 PM
- Crude oil prices are up 50% since February but most U.S. energy producers are not buying the bounce, and the rise in drilling activity that typically follows higher oil prices has not materialized this year.
- Dow Jones reports that oil and gas execs meeting in New York this week for an industry conference expressed considerable caution, with Wunderlich's Jason Wangler saying producers talked more about reducing drilling even further rather than ramping up, as the focus is on costs and liquidity.
- Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC) CEO Thomas Jordan told attendees that his company was hesitant to drill more before seeing more evidence that the commodity cycle had hit bottom, and "we haven't seen the fundamental support for that thesis."
- Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) CEO James Volker said the company expects to spend 80% less this year than in 2015 and plans to put most of its $500M capex toward drilling but not completing ~160 wells, waiting for a potential price recovery in 2017.
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- Now read U.S. oil rig count falls by three in latest Baker Hughes tally