Dec. 15, 2014, 7:15 AM
Dec. 8, 2014, 7:20 PM
- With valuations at a decade low, oil execs such as Chesapeake Energy’s (NYSE:CHK) Archie Dunham and Ring Energy's (NYSEMKT:REI) Tim Rochford are driving the sector's biggest wave of insider buying since 2012, according to Bloomberg data.
- Rochford and two other board members bought a total of more than 30K REI shares over the past month; the CEO says the company can stay profitable even should oil slip to $50/bbl.
- “Most of these execs that are buying have been in the industry as long as I have, so they know how supply and demand works and they’re buying quality stocks,” says Dunham, who recently bought 500K CHK shares in his biggest purchase since joining the company’s board in 2012.
- Loews Corp. (NYSE:L), which owns about half of Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), bought 1.18M DO shares in November and bought another ~410K shares last week.
- Halcon Resources (NYSE:HK) and Goodrich Petroleum (NYSE:GDP) are among companies operating in the costliest U.S. shale-producing regions, but execs from those companies are buyers as well.
Dec. 5, 2014, 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, COP, MRO, BHP, APC, APA, BP, COG, CRZO, CWEI, CRK, XOM, GDP, HES, MTDR, MUR, NFX, PVA, PXD, ROSE, RDS.A, RDS.B, SN, SM, STO, SFY, TLM, ZAZA
Nov. 25, 2014, 10:44 AM
- A federal appeals court says Chesapeake Energy (CHK -1.1%) had no right to redeem $1.3B of notes early because it waited too long to tell investors of its plans, reversing a 2013 ruling by a district court.
- The 2-1 decision agrees with Bank of New York Mellon, the notes' trustee, that the notice from CHK to redeem its 6.775% notes maturing in 2019 was untimely, referring the case back to the district court.
Nov. 6, 2014, 2:33 PM
- Chesapeake Energy (CHK -0.3%) discloses that it has received subpoenas from the U.S. Justice Department and states seeking information on its royalty payment practices to mineral owners.
- CHK is facing several lawsuits from landowners and others who say it has underpaid royalties for natural gas and natural gas liquids through the use of improper deductions or below-market pricing.
- CHK, which also is being probed by the DoJ and states over possible antitrust violations related to land purchases, says it is responding to the subpoenas.
Nov. 5, 2014, 7:21 PM
- U.S. companies in shale fields from North Dakota to Texas are talking tough in the face of Saudi Arabia's price war, believing they have more staying power than many of the OPEC partners.
- “Saudi Arabia is really taking a big gamble. If they take the price down to $60-$70, you will see a slowdown in the U.S. but you’re not going to see it stop. The consequences for other OPEC countries are far more dire," says Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) chairman Archie Dunham.
- Execs at several large U.S. shale producers, including CHK, EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) and Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) said as they reported earnings that they plan to maintain and even raise production.
- Shale producers cite success in reducing costs as proof they can still be profitable at prices below $70/bbl; CHK says well costs at its two largest production areas - Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale and Texas' Eagle Ford - fell 11% and 13% respectively Y/Y during the first seven months of this year.
- But not all shale is alike: Bakken and Permian producers need prices at ~$67 and $65, respectively, to make drilling worthwhile, according to ITG Investment Research, while producers at the Cana Woodford shale in Oklahoma need $100 to make a profit, and $79 is the threshold at the Anadarko formation on the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Nov. 5, 2014, 3:48 PM
- Chesapeake Energy's (CHK +6.7%) balance sheet is "close to being fully healed," Sterne Agee analyst Tim Rezvan exults after CHK's strong Q3 results, reduced expenses and the $5.4B sale of western Marcellus acreage expected to close this quarter.
- CHK’s focus on expense reduction was evident quantitatively in terms of the lowest all-in unit expense number since Q3 2010, and qualitatively with sharply lower well costs across all core operating areas, according to Rezvan.
- The company's "mantra of operational efficiency is being reflected at the field level, and CEO Doug Lawler's push to drive costs down appears to have more room to run," Rezvan writes.
Nov. 5, 2014, 9:17 AM
- Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) +3.8% premarket after Q3 earnings easily beat Wall Street estimates, posting a 17% Y/Y increase in revenues driven by 48% revenue growth in its natural gas, oil and natural gas liquid segment as production increased.
- Q3 production averaged 725.6K boe/day, up 11% Y/Y, adjusted for asset sales; oil production rose 5% to 118.9K bbl/day, production of natural gas liquids jumped 14% to 95.9K bbl/day, and natural gas production gained 3% to 3.1B cf/day.
- Analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt had estimated CHK's Q3 production at 704K boe/day, and characterize the results as a "strong beat."
- For the full year, CHK estimates production to rise 9%-12%, with liquids production up 29%-33%, oil production up 11%-15%, NGL production up 63%-68%, and natural gas production up 4%-6%. The daily equivalent total is expected to be 695 million to 705 million barrels a day.
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Oct. 24, 2014, 11:33 AM
- Chesapeake Oilfield Services has withdrawn its IPO registration filing. An S-1 was filed for Chesapeake's (CHK -0.8%) oilfield services ops, then known as Chesapeake Oilfield Services, back in April 2012. Chesapeake later changed the name to Seventy Seven Energy.
- This summer, Chesapeake finished the spinoff of Seventy Seven Energy into a separate, publicly-traded company.
Oct. 22, 2014, 11:49 AM
- Chesapeake Energy (CHK +3.3%) is upgraded to Buy from Neutral with a $27 price target, up from $24, at UBS, which says new CEO Doug Lawler has removed most of the firm's bear arguments concerning high leverage, lack of transparency, and material free cash flow outspend.
- CHK's turnaround is not reflected in discounted valuation, the firm says, adding that high leverage has been reduced, visibility has increased, and free cash flow deficit has been narrowed.
- Given CHK's strong liquidity, below average oil inventory and attractive market valuations, UBS believes CHK may pursue an acquisition targeting oil-weighted U.S. resource assets.
Oct. 17, 2014, 4:54 PM
- Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) is on the cusp of gaining an investment grade rating for the first time after announcing yesterday that it was selling natural gas and oil shale fields for nearly $5.4B.
- Moody’s and S&P both gave “positive” outlooks on CHK’s ratings which are one step from investment grade on each firm’s ratings scale.
- Yesterday's deal will provide CHK "with sufficient wherewithal to reduce financial leverage to a greater extent than assumed in our base-case scenario,” S&P says, adding that an upgrade could result if debt is reduced by more than $5B.
- CHK had ~$16.7B in total debt and preferred stock at the end of June.
Oct. 16, 2014, 3:36 PM
- Southwestern Energy (SWN -10.6%) appears to be paying a steep price to buy $5.375B in high quality Appalachia assets from Chesapeake Energy (CHK +16.7%); SunTrust estimates SWN paid $9,625/acre for the land, when previous deals in West Virginia had come in below $5K/acre and the sharp decline in commodity prices over recent months.
- Stock investors clearly think CHK got a great deal, which is boosting shares of other West Virginia players such as Magnum Hunter (MHR +9.9%), Gulfport Energy (GPOR +6.7%) and Consol Energy (CNX +2.5%).
- Topeka Capital believes MHR has superior assets in the core Utica and Marcellus, and an average of the transaction metrics on MHR's production and acreage implies upside of 39.2%; with its scale in the area, the firm thinks MHR makes for an attractive takeout over the next 12 months.
Oct. 16, 2014, 9:13 AM
Oct. 16, 2014, 7:24 AM
- Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) +2.7% premarket after agreeing to sell assets in the southern Marcellus Shale and eastern Utica Shale to Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) for $5.375B.
- The sale includes ~413K net acres and ~1,500 wells in northern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania; average net daily production from the properties was ~56K boe in September, with net proved reserves of ~221M boe.
- CHK says it expects FY 2015 production guidance to remain in the range of 7%-10% growth Y/Y adjusted for asset sales.
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Chesapeake Energy Corp is a natural gas and oil exploration and production company. It explores, develops and acquires properties for the production of natural gas and crude oil from underground reservoirs and also provides marketing & midstream services.
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