Nov. 17, 2014, 3:59 PM
- In the wake of Halliburton's (NYSE:HAL) $34.6B offer for Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), it appears the next hot sector for M&A action is energy: More consolidation is likely, given the weakness for stocks in the oilfield services subsector, low interest rates, and as a drop in demand for oil increases cutthroat pricing competition.
- Speculation is running rampant as investors try to figure out who is next in an industry that is sure to undergo some more consolidation; some names identified as possible candidates include Kodiak Oil and Gas (NYSE:KOG), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).
- GE could go after National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) to show it is serious about the energy industry after last year’s purchase of pumpmaker Lufkin, Royal Bank of Canada says, and Oppenheimer says even BP could be an acquisition candidate.
- But Morgan Stanley does not see offshore drillers getting in on the action, as larger players like Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) are still addressing dividend concerns while smaller companies such as Atwood Oceanics (NYSE:ATW) and Pacific Drilling (NYSE:PACD) still trade close to replacement value.
Nov. 13, 2014, 7:23 PM
- North Dakota regulators today proposed standards for requiring energy companies to treat the crude they pump from the Bakken Shale to make it less volatile before shipment by pipeline or train.
- "Our crude oil leaving North Dakota will behave like the gasoline you put in your car," says the head of the state's Department of Mineral Resources, which came up with the recommendations.
- The new rules would require every barrel of oil produced in the state to undergo some kind of treatment, with the goal that all oil-producing Bakken Shale wells ship crude with a vapor pressure below 13.7 psi, similar to 13.5 psi for most automobile gasoline.
- Top Bakken producers: CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
Nov. 13, 2014, 11:59 AM
- Regulators set to decide on rules for shipping crude oil via railroad are relying on testing methods that may understate the explosive risk of North Dakota crude, according to a WSJ report citing industry and Canadian officials.
- The testing controversy centers on how to determine vapor pressure, a measure of how quickly a liquid fuel evaporates and emits gases; the industry has long relied on a decades-old methodology that does not require sealed or pressurized containers to collect or test crude samples.
- The North Dakota Industrial Commission is set to rule on what steps, if any, producers must take to strip volatile gases out of crude oil before loading it into railroad tank cars.
- Top Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
Nov. 3, 2014, 6:36 PM
- Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) +1.7% AH despite reporting Q3 earnings that came in short of analyst expectations and revenues that fell 5% Y/Y.
- Total company sales volume from continuing operations excluding Libya averaged 411K boe/day, up more than 7% from a year ago.
- MRO says income from its Q3 E&P business rose 20% Y/Y to $292M on higher sales; exploration expenses fell 34%.
- Says its high-quality resource plays in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Oklahoma resource basins averaged net production of 192K boe/day, up 43%.
- Despite lower oil prices, Mro says it plans to grow production in Q4; last month, MRO finalized the $2.1B sale of its Norway business and plans to reinvest the cash into expanding in U.S. shale plays.
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Oct. 15, 2014, 10:19 AM
- Ethiopia will grant Tullow Oil (OTCPK:TUWLF, OTCPK:TUWOY) an extension to its exploration license after the company reported “encouraging” results in its search so far, the country's mining minister says.
- Tullow had requested more time to analyze data from drilling and seismic surveys in southern Ethiopia after two out of four wells it drilled in the past two years, along with partners Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Africa Oil (OTCPK:AOIFF), show they may contain petroleum deposits.
- No oil or gas is currently produced by Ethiopia.
Oct. 13, 2014, 5:57 PM
- Bakken shale oil producers are under pressure to scale back their 2015 drilling plans after Bakken oil fell below $80/bbl for the first time in nearly a year, as worldwide crude prices decline amid ample North American supplies and Persian Gulf producers signaling they’re prepared to keep output high to protect their market shares in Asia.
- The "body language" among producers is that capex next year will be flat or only slightly higher, vs. earlier expectations for 5%-10% increases, says Topeka Capital's Gabriele Sorbara, who adds Bakken drillers need prices of $70-$80/bbl to earn a typical 15%-25% return.
- Bakken wells produced a record 1.047M barrels of crude in July, accounting for 12% of total U.S. output: CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
Oct. 9, 2014, 3:25 PM
- Crushed by relentless anxiety about oversupply and weakening global demand, Nymex crude oil futures closed down $1.54 at $85.76/bbl, their lowest close since Dec. 2012, while Brent crude fell below $90/bbl for the first time in more than two years.
- Including today's losses, WTI crude is down 6.2% since the start of the month and Brent has surrendered ~5%.
- In the face of surging output, a move in WTI below its 10-year average at $82 is not out of the realm of possibility, Brown Brothers Harriman says, adding that "a break of $73/barrel could send WTI toward $64, which corresponds with the 2010 low."
- Among big oil names so far today: APC -6.3%, LINE -4.6%, EPD -3.8%, DVN -3.8%, MRO -3.6%, HES -3.8%, KMI -3.7%, TOT -3.5%, STO -3.3%, RDS.A -3.1%, OXY -3%, KMP -3%, XOM -2.6%, COP -2.6%, MUR -2.6%, CVX -2.5%, BP -2.4%.
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Sep. 15, 2014, 11:58 AM
- North Dakota's daily oil production jumped 5% in July to an all-time high 34.4M barrels (~1.1M bbl/day), state regulators say, although the number was lower than expected as producers worked to meet aggressive flaring-reduction targets.
- Natural gas production hit 1.3B cf/day, also an all-time high, but the percentage of natural gas flared in the state fell to 26% in July from 30% in June.
- In an effort to curb flaring, state regulators issued strict goals earlier this year with key benchmarks for flaring percentages each month; for October, for instance, the state's oil producers cannot flare more than 74% of natural gas produced.
- Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
Sep. 8, 2014, 6:43 PM
- The energy sector has seen little M&A activity despite a growth shortfall and cheap borrowing rates, but UBS analysts think a focus on incremental returns may lead to less exploration and more deals as resource prices on the market have fallen.
- The firm figures four large-cap E&P companies - Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) - could prove tantalizing acquisition targets, but the buyer likely would need very deep pockets.
- In the case of EOG, UBS says the company's strong position in the three biggest tight oil plays - the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Permian - make it a perfect fit for an integrated major looking to expand in those areas.
Aug. 29, 2014, 8:54 AM
- Libya's largest oil port Es Sider is now receiving supplies from oil fields, with Waha Oil Co. supplying 22K bbl/day after oil in storage at the port started to be shipped last week, ending a year-long stoppage.
- Libya's oil production has jumped to more than 600K bbl/day, 4x the level in late May, as the country's oil industry steadily recovers despite fighting between rival militias in the capital of Tripoli.
- Waha Oil is a partnership between Libya's National Oil Co. and U.S. companies Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Hess (NYSE:HES) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP).
Aug. 25, 2014, 7:57 AM
- Libya says normal operations have resumed at the giant Waha oil field, paving the way for a return to exported production later this week, in a report that's in stark contrast with claims by an Islamist militia to have taken over of Tripoli's airport over the weekend.
- Waha, which normally produces 160K bbl/day, supplies crude to the Es Sider terminal, which restarted exports using stored oil last week after a year-long interruption.
- Waha is partly owned by ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Hess (NYSE:HES) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO).
Aug. 11, 2014, 10:59 AM
- Noble Energy (NBL +0.3%) and Australia’s Woodside Petroleum (OTCPK:WOPEF) sign an agreement to explore a deepwater prospect off the coast of Gabon; NBL will be the operator with a 60% working interest.
- NBL says the execution of the production sharing contract represents its initial entry into Gabon and meaningfully expands the company's exploration portfolio.
- Marathon Oil (MRO +0.1%) also signed a production sharing deal with Gabon for a separate offshore deepwater location in which it has a 100% working interest.
Aug. 5, 2014, 4:58 PM
- An industry-funded study concludes that crude oil from the Bakken region is similar to other North American light, sweet crudes and does not pose a greater risk to transport by rail than other crudes and transportation fuels.
- But the study also outlines several best practices intended to boost safety, including classifying the crude higher on the hazardous material shipping scale.
- The group hopes the report allays fears that Bakken oil may be more prone to ignition after a series of accidents involving rail shipments of the oil.
- Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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