Wed, Oct. 7, 10:26 AM
- Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF +1.4%) adopts a poison pill takeover defense calling for 120 days to consider offers, two days after Suncor Energy (SU +2.7%) launched a hostile bid for the company.
- The rights plan, which is in addition to one already in place, would be triggered upon the purchase of 20% or more of the company’s shares outstanding by any person.
- COSWF says the shareholder rights plan is meant to give its shareholders and board adequate time to evaluate SU’s C$4.3B ($3.3B) all-stock offer and any other unsolicited bid or strategic options.
- SU expected its bid to be rejected initially and would work to win over shareholders in several meetings, CEO Steve Williams told Bloomberg yesterday.
Mon, Oct. 5, 3:58 PM
- Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF +55%) is prepared to reject the hostile takeover bid made by Suncor Energy (SU -1.6%) and is unlikely to engage with SU on the basis of the current proposal, Reuters reports.
- Earlier this afternoon, COSWF said it was reviewing the offer and asked shareholders to wait until it has time to respond.
- SU earlier today shook up Canada's oil industry by forwarding an all-stock offer for COSWF, which owns a large stake in Canada's Syncrude project in Alberta.
- "Maybe Suncor comes back with a small sweetener, to maybe save some face and make it look a little bit better, but I don't know if they even need to do that," says 3Macs energy analyst Robert Mark, adding that "my guess is that this deal gets done at the current price."
Mon, Oct. 5, 7:28 AM
- Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) says it has offered to acquire all outstanding shares of Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF) for ~C$4.3B ($3.3B), a 43% premium over Friday's closing price.
- Including the company’s estimated outstanding net debt of C$2.3B as of June 30, the total transaction value would be ~C$6.6B.
- The offer for CPSWF, which owns 37% of the Syncrude oil sands consortium, comes as the company struggles with a slumping stock price due partly to low crude prices.
- For SU, the deal would give it a growing presence in the Canadian oil sands after recently boosting its stake in the Fort Hills oil sands project in Alberta to just over 50% by buying a 10% stake from project partner Total.
- SU -1.6% premarket.
Tue, Sep. 22, 11:56 AM
- Teck Resources (TCK -9.2%) slumps to a 52-week low after Total's (TOT -2.8%) sale of its 10% stake in the Fort Hills oil sands project to Suncor (SU -1.3%) raises several questions for 20% stakeholder TCK.
- TCK's stake is valued at $620M, based on yesterday's deal, while TCK's net carrying value for the position at the end of June was $2.3B.
- But that does not mean a writedown is coming, TD Securities analyst Greg Barnes says, because TOT's sale was based on its desire to cut capital spending, not a valuation of the project.
- If TCK were to write down its Fort Hills stake, Barnes says the company's debt covenants would cause concern, causing its debt-to-capital ratio to tumble to 32% as of the end of June.
- Thus the odds of TCK selling its Fort Hills stake are "minimal," according to Barnes, while acknowledging the company's participation in the project will remain unpopular with investors in the current macro environment.
Mon, Sep. 21, 12:58 PM
- Teck Resources (TCK -5.8%) is reiterated with an Outperform rating at FBR following Suncor Energy's (SU +1.2%) announced agreement to purchase an additional 10% interest in the Fort Hills oil sands project from Total (TOT -1.3%) for C$310M; TCK has a 20% interest in the project.
- FBR analyst Lucas Pipes values TCK's share at C$1.945B, with today's transaction "right in-line with our valuation when considering Suncor’s incremental capital increase."
- Pipes believes TCK’s interest in Fort Hills greatly reduces its overall risk profile, and is encouraged by SU’s continued commitment to the project; he also likes TCK for its low-cost exposure to met coal and zinc, two commodities he sees as "better positioned in the current market environment."
Wed, Sep. 16, 11:31 AM
- Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ +5.8%) is the latest Canadian oil sands producer looking to cut costs, saying it plans to cut operating costs by $390M more than currently budgeted this year.
- CNQ, which has operating costs of ~US$30/bbl, hopes to lower that figure to $25-$27 within the next few years, to shield itself from U.S. crude prices that have been stuck below $50 in recent months.
- Cenovus Energy (CVE +6.5%) also says it is looking to aggressively slash costs, not satisfied with total costs of $11-$14/bbl and targeting a $1-$2/bbl reduction.
- Suncor Energy (SU +4.2%) has seen its cash operating costs fall to $28.20/bbl in H1 of the year, compared to $33.80 last year.
Thu, Aug. 13, 12:45 PM
- A key pipeline for delivering Canadian oil to the U.S. remains shut for a third day, leaving heavy crude stranded in Alberta and keeping its price in the cash market at ~$20 below the WTI benchmark.
- A small leak near Shelbina, Mo., coming from Enbridge’s (ENB -1.1%) Spearhead pipeline, which runs from Flanagan, Ill., to the Cushing, Okla., crude hub forced the shutdown Tuesday of the 193.3K bbl/day pipeline as well as a closing of the parallel Flanagan South pipeline, an even larger 585K bbl/day line that runs from Pontiac, Ill., to Cushing.
- ENB expects operations at Flanagan South to resume today, but does not know when Spearhead may return to service, as it continues to investigate the cause of the spill in Missouri.
- Operational problems at BP's (BP -1.5%) Whiting, Ind., refinery also keep the pressure on prices for Canada’s heavy crude as barrels continue to get backed up.
- Other related tickers: SU, IMO, TRP, CNQ, CVE, TCK, CEO, OTCPK:HUSKF, OTCQX:COSWF
- Earlier: Canadian oil sands price nears $20/bbl, cut in half since July 1
Thu, Jul. 30, 2:59 PM
- Suncor (SU +5.7%) CEO Steve Williams says prices for oil and gas asset have fallen enough to make acquisitions more attractive, but that his company is not actively pursuing any specific targets.
- Williams says SU is focused on developing its own assets and buying back shares, but that strategic acquisitions are a third option for making use of its growing cash reserves, especially as asking prices decline.
- SU's Q2 earnings fell to C$0.63 on lower oil prices, but the result was well above analyst expectations; the company cut another C$400M from its 2015 capital spending budget, and now plans to spend C$5.8B-$6.4B as it lowers its range from up to C$6.8B previously and an original target of up to C$7.8B.
- With a C$4.9B war chest, Williams says SU would consider boosting its 40.8% interest in the 180K bbl/day Fort Hills oil sands project in Alberta to assure its startup by 2017.
Wed, Jul. 22, 2:56 PM
- In contrast to his upbeat analysis (I, II) of Exxon Mobil (XOM +1.2%), Goldman's Neil Mehta thinks investors should sell Chevron (CVX -0.2%) and Cenovus Energy (CVE -2.2%) on concerns about dividend sustainability.
- Believing too many investors are focusing on absolute yield when an ability to post dividend growth is more important long term, the analyst ranks CVX a Sell given low dividend growth, weak free cash flow and E&P volume risk, while CVE is a Sell because of limited dividend growth, lower returns and a premium valuation.
- XOM and Suncor Energy (SU -0.4%), on the other hand, "are set to deliver the highest dividend growth through the end of the decade - and now offer solid valuation upside from current levels."
Thu, Jun. 11, 11:58 AM
- Suncor Energy (SU -2.2%) CEO Steve Williams says he supports a higher carbon tax for Alberta as long as the rate is increased gradually to ensure Canada’s oil remains competitive with other places.
- The current price of C$15/metric ton (US$12) that is applied to large industrial emitters "wasn’t a bad place to start and I think it can move on” with increases over time, Williams tells Bloomberg.
- A price for carbon that increases over time will provide oil companies with the long-term certainty they need, especially with oil sands projects that run for decades, the CEO says.
- Alberta was one of the first places in the developed world to implement a carbon tax in 2007, but Premier Notley’s new government has said it will roll out new regulations, including a possible change to the price of carbon, by the end of this month.
Wed, May 6, 2:36 PM
- Canadian energy stocks are broadly lower after the shocking election result in Alberta raised questions about the future of the country's oil industry: SU -3.3%, ENB -2.8%, TRP -2.6%, IMO -2.3%, CNQ -2.3%, CVE -5.8%, OTCQB:HUSKF -1%, TCK -1.6%, TAC -4.1%, OTCQX:COSWF -6%.
- "Energy is such a critical issue to Alberta, I’m really not that concerned," ENB CEO Al Monaco says, but investors and analysts disagree.
- "It’s completely devastating" for energy companies and investors, saysCanoe Financial's Rafi Tahmazian of stated plans by the newly elected government to raise corporate taxes, review the government’s take of energy revenue, scale back advocacy for pipelines and phase out coal power more quickly.
- “If you are invested in energy stocks, you should be concerned,” says AltaCorp’s Jeremy McCrea, noting that drillers already face higher costs to extract oil and gas in Alberta than in many jurisdictions, so an increase in royalties would make the province even less competitive.
Tue, Apr. 14, 12:58 PM
- Canadian Oil Sands (OTCQX:COSWF +5.5%), the company with the largest stake in oil sands miner Syncrude Canada, is a prime takeover target and its most likely suitor is Imperial Oil (IMO +1.9%), the company with the second-largest stake, says FirstEnergy Capital analyst Michael Dunn.
- The analyst says his report is partly based on recent investor meetings with senior IMO execs who believe now is a good time to consider making acquisitions.
- Dunn thinks IMO would not want to pay more than a price in the low teens for COSWF, so its stock would have to fall further to make a bid attractive, and he suggests the company would not want to take on excessive debt - which could mean an equity-based offer, help from its controlling shareholder, Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), or enrolling a current Syncrude partner such as Suncor (NYSE:SU).
Thu, Jan. 15, 2:56 PM
- Suncor Energy's (SU -1.6%) decision to cut $1B from its 2015 capital spending program actually came in below what some analysts expected, but continued weak oil prices would force some tough choices - including whether to reduce spending on its Fort Hills and/or Hebron projects, or take on more leverage to keep them moving.
- Desjardins Capital's Justin Bouchard notes that SU’s revised budget is based on oil at $59 but if oil was $50, he estimates SU would generate $4.8B in cash flow, meaning it would be $3.5B short in meeting its $6.5B capex and another $1.6B in dividends.
- But most analysts believe SU's move was prudent, since the company still has room to take on debt to fund existing projects or buy up any cheap assets that pop up given the industry’s weakness.
Wed, Jan. 7, 5:35 PM
Mon, Jan. 5, 12:18 PM
- Energy stocks severely underperform the broader market, with the sector -4.2% vs. the S&P 500's -1.4%, as U.S. oil prices briefly slip below $50/bbl for the first time since April 2009; Nymex crude recently was -4.4% at $50.37, while Brent crude -5.9% at $53.08.
- Among the day's biggest losers: DNR -9%, RIG -7.6%, NBR -4.8%, CHK -5.9%, SDRL -9.1%, SD -12.3%, NOV -5.9%, PSX -6.2%, APA -5.9%, DVN -4.4%, EOG -6%, SU -5.2%, OXY -4.2%, APC -8.7%, PWE -9%, ECA -5.5%, MRO -5.3%.
- Global oil majors, which have been seen as less vulnerable to falling oil prices, are posting big losses: XOM -2.7%, COP -4.5%, CVX -3.8%, BP -5.8%, RDS.A -4.6%, TOT -6.5%.
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Dec. 16, 2014, 11:44 AM
- Exxon Mobil (XOM +2.1%), Suncor Energy (SU +6.9%) and ConocoPhillips (COP +4.8%) combine to offer $559M for exploration rights in the deepwater Flemish Pass, the largest-ever bid for a license in Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province.
- The region is where Statoil last year announced the huge Bay du Nord find, which is estimated to contain up to 600M barrels of light, sweet crude.
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Suncor Energy Inc is an integrated energy company. Its operations include developing petroleum resource basin, Canada's Athabasca oil sands. It explores for, acquires, develops, produces & markets crude oil & natural gas in Canada and internationally.
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