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OISHF vs. ETF Alternatives
Thursday, Feb 278:55 AM
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- Oil Search (OISHF, OISHY) says it will sell A$1.2B (US$1.09B) in shares to fund a purchase of stakes in two large natural gas discoveries in Papua New Guinea.
- Oil Search says it will use the funds to buy a 22.8% stake in a license that includes the Elk and Antelope gas fields from closely held Pac LNG Group for US$900M; the fields are being developed by Total (TOT) and InterOil (IOC).
- Oil Search will issue 149.4M new shares at A$8.20 each to the government of Papua New Guinea to fund its entry into the Elk and Antelope developments.
- The deal brings Oil Search inside both major energy joint ventures in the country, led by Exxon Mobil's (XOM) $19B PNG LNG project, where Oil Search owns a 29% stake.
Thursday, Feb 612:37 PM
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- InterOil (IOC +3.4%) moves higher on a report suggesting that Woodside Petroleum (WOPEF, WOPEY) may enter into IOC's Papua New Guinea gas projects.
- In related news, Reuters reports the country has decided to raise A$1.68B to pay off a bond it issued to Abu Dhabi in 2009 instead of giving up a strategic stake in oil and gas producer Oil Search (OISHF, OISHY).
- Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), Total (TOT) and Woodside are said to be eyeing a possible stake in Oil Search, which owns a 29% stake in the $19B PNG liquefied natural gas project.
Friday, Jan 2410:57 AM
Friday, Jan 2410:57 AM| 1 Comment
- Anyone expecting Oil Search (OISHF) to conclude a deal soon with Total (TOT -2.1%) and InterOil (IOC -1.3%) to join their Papua New Guinea gas project may be thinking wishfully, according to a WSJ report.
- OISHF likely will need to issue new shares to fund a deal, but that isn’t easy to do right now, as any capital raise likely would happen at a discount to the prevailing stock price; but it's the potential blow it would inflict on the government in Papua New Guinea that is more likely to stay Oil Search CEO Peter Botten’s hand for a while, David Winning writes.
- Another take is that TOT will want to appraise the gas reserves at the Elk and Antelope fields further before rushing to bring in a new partner; if TOT finds there is enough gas to support a new export project, then it makes partnering with OIS less attractive.
Wednesday, Jun 52013, 4:54 PMExxon's (XOM) move to invest in InterOil's (IOC) natural gas assets in Papua New Guinea has sparked concerns Oil Search (OISHF.PK) and Santos (STOSF.PK) will be left behind, but Macquarie’s Adrian Wood says the Australian partners shouldn't worry. He thinks they'll benefit from XOM’s PNG LNG gas export project regardless of whose gas is fed through it. |Wednesday, Jun 52013, 4:54 PM| 2 Comments
Thursday, May 232013, 10:43 AMThe fastest revenue growth in the oil industry is putting Papua New Guinea’s Oil Search (OISHF.PK) in line for Asia's largest-ever energy takeover, Bloomberg speculates. Its $19B PNG LNG venture with Exxon, sure to spin off lots of cash, starts shipments to Asia next year, and the 80%-complete project is supported by the government and local communities. XOM, TOT and Australia's Woodside could be interested. |Thursday, May 232013, 10:43 AM| Comment!