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.
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.
Jul. 14, 2014, 2:21 PM
- Whiting Petroleum's (WLL +7.4%) $6B buyout of Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG +5.1%) is renewing investor attention on independent energy firms with operations in the Bakken Shale, especially those significantly owned by hedge funds; Paulson & Co. is the single biggest owner of KOG stock, with just under 10% of shares outstanding as of the last filing date.
- While many of the largest Bakken producers are huge companies or parts of huge companies - Hess (NYSE:HES), EOG, Statoil (NYSE:STO), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), XTO Energy (NYSE:XOM) - a few small and mid-cap independent players show hedge fund interest, CNBC's Brian Sullivan writes.
- The single biggest holder of Oasis Petroleum (OAS +0.5%) also is John Paulson's hedge fund, which owns 9.9M shares (~9.8% of shares outstanding), Jana Partners owns 16M-plus shares in QEP Resources (QEP +1.4%), and WPX Energy (WPX +1.1%) has substantial hedge fund ownership.
Jun. 24, 2013, 8:48 AMSinopec (SNP) agrees to buy a 10% stake in a Marathon Oil (MRO) Angolan offshore oil and gas field for $1.52B. Adding overseas assets should be good news for SNP and its parent China Petrochemical, as upstream businesses traditionally provide better margins, an analyst says, but Chinese energy stocks likely will fall today on broader concerns over China's economy. | Comment!
Apr. 25, 2013, 10:43 AMCobalt Energy (CIE +1.8%), which has doubled in value since going public in 2009 but still trades at a substantial discount to the value of its underlying assets, is turning into a takeover target for energy companies attracted to its oil finds from Africa to the Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg writes. CIE’s assets are "a needle mover" for a large international player, Guggenheim says. | 1 Comment
Apr. 3, 2013, 5:20 AMMarathon Oil (MRO) has reportedly put its 10% holdings in two Angolan offshore oil and gas fields up for sale, possibly as part of its plans to offload up to $3B worth of assets. China National Petroleum Corp and Malaysia's Petronas are considering making bids for the assets in what would be the third major energy deal in Africa in 2013. | 1 Comment
May 9, 2012, 9:07 AM
Apr. 9, 2012, 5:20 PMMarathon Oil (MRO) sells substantially all its Alaskan assets to Hilcorp Alaska. The sale includes 17M barrels of oil equivalent of net proved reserves across 10 fields in the Cook Inlet, as well as natural gas storage, and interests in natural gas pipeline transmission systems. The sale does not include Marathon Oil's Alaska onshore drilling rig, which is being marketed separately. | 2 Comments
Nov. 2, 2011, 11:52 AMMarathon Oil (MRO +2.9%) reportedly is exploring a sale of ~30% of a venture that comprises the bulk of its Gulf of Mexico assets, and is gauging the interest of several potential buyers in Asia. The stake sale may raise up to $1B; the company says it wants to sell $1.5B-$3B in assets over the next two to three years to reinvest in core operations. | 2 Comments
Jun. 1, 2011, 7:40 AM
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