Oct. 9, 2014, 11:18 AM
- Ecuador, OPEC’s smallest-producing member, has signed contracts with companies including Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), Sinopec (NYSE:SNP) and YPF for a combined $2.12B investment.
- A joint venture between SLB and Tecpetrol will invest at least $702M in the block 12 oil concession, state-run Petroamazonas says; HAL will invest $579M in three concession blocks, and won a contract to boost output at fields in the block 58 concession with a minimum $240M investment.
- The deals come as the government seeks to boost crude output to offset a 15% drop in the price of its Oriente crude in the last three months.
Oct. 9, 2014, 10:59 AM
- Argentina's YPF (YPF -2.7%) says it has not struck a natural gas production deal with Russia's Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) despite an earlier statement from the industry ministry that it had.
- YPF says that while it has conducted meetings with Gazprom officials to analyze various possibilities for business and collaboration, neither a confidential deal nor agreement memorandum has been signed.
- The ministry had said it received assurances from Gazprom's Alexei Miller in a meeting this week that a "confidential" $1B agreement had been reached with YPF to explore for and produce gas in Argentina.
Oct. 8, 2014, 2:45 PM
- YPF (YPF +0.9%) and Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY) are in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding to develop natural gas in Argentina worth at least $1B, Argentina’s Industry Minister says.
- Gazprom officials will visit YPF as soon as November, the minister says after meeting with Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller at the International Gas Forum in St. Petersburg.
- The MOU could include Germany’s BASF (OTCQX:BASFY) unit Wintershall, the minister says.
Sep. 29, 2014, 2:10 PM
- Argentina's YPF (YPF -1.5%) and Malaysia's Petronas are negotiating a joint venture with Mexico's Pemex in a bid to become the first foreign oil companies to capitalize on Mexico’s energy reform, FT reports.
- The story details a long friendship between YPF CEO Miguel Galuccio and Emilio Lozoya, the man modernizing Pemex, as the foundation behind the discussions.
- Galuccio says the trio has the right skill set to make a big impact in mature or shallow-water fields: Petronas is an offshore expert with deep pockets, YPF’s bread and butter is to squeeze more from declining fields and it is also has shale skills, and Pemex is a shallow-water leader.
Sep. 24, 2014, 2:43 PM
- The country's disastrous two-term president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner stands to do value-seeking investors not one, but two good turns, writes Grant. Her poor governance has wrecked the economy, and by stepping down, she'll improve it (the next election is October 2015).
- Perhaps looking ahead to 2015, the Argentine Merval Index has already had a major rally over the past year or so, but there's still plenty of upside. The country's domestic stock market capitalization of $55B represents just 17% of GDP vs. a regional average of 49%.
- Kyle Bass is a fan of YPF, but Grant takes note of another name, natural gas delivery company Transportadora de Gas del Sur SA (NYSE:TGS). It's selling for an enterprise value 5x that of EBITDA vs. 6x for comparable companies in the region, but factoring in the potential profitability recovery makes the stock even cheaper.
- ARGT +8.4% YTD
Sep. 24, 2014, 2:27 PM
- Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass reveals he recently bought a large stake in YPF (YPF -0.5%), the Argentine oil company, as the best play on a new decade of economic growth in the South American country.
- Bass tells CNBC he foresees $100B-$200B of foreign direct investment in Argentina's oil fields over the next 10 years, "so YPF serves as not only a proxy to Argentina's equity market, but as the real dominant player in an energy business that we expect will be transformed over the next five, 10 years."
- He also rips "immoral" Elliott Management and other hedge funds that have invested in Argentine bonds and held out for full payment on their investments, saying they are punishing a country which can't afford not to access the international capital markets and harness its growth potential (NYSEARCA:ARGT).
Sep. 16, 2014, 4:59 PM
- Argentina’s oil-producing provinces and the federal government agree to revise a 1967 energy bill to include shale, two provincial officials tell Bloomberg.
- State-run producer YPF is seen benefiting most from the new legislation, which should ease political tensions stemming from unclear rules governing the country’s shale boom and attract investors to areas such as Vaca Muerta, the huge shale formation where companies such as Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) and Exxon (NYSE:XOM) are drilling wells.
- The new bill would allow energy companies that invest $250M over a five-year period to sell 20% of production in international markets without paying export taxes and to keep some export revenue outside the country for shale and conventional projects.
Sep. 15, 2014, 3:37 PM
- Occidental Petroleum’s (OXY +1.1%) chemical unit agrees to pay $190M to cover its liability for the cleanup of the Passaic River in northern New Jersey, state officials say.
- OxyChem is the legal successor to Diamond Shamrock, which was found to have intentionally dumped industrial waste in the river for decades, according to the AG's office; if approved by a judge and state regulators, the OXY payment would mean New Jersey has recovered $355M for the work.
- OxyChem says it will seek reimbursement from YPF subsidiary Maxus Energy, which OXY says is financially responsible for claims against OxyChem in the litigation.
Aug. 28, 2014, 7:42 AM
- Argentina's YPF and Malaysia's Petronas have agreed to jointly develop shale oil in Argentina's Vaca Muerta formation and will sign a deal today, WSJ reports.
- The deal is believed to include an initial investment of more than $500M, and state-run YPF and Petronas could invest up to $9B over the next decade to develop the full potential of the La Amarga Chica field within Vaca Muerta.
- The deal is expected to be structured similarly to a joint venture YPF signed last year with Chevron, which are developing the nearby Loma Campana field and has become the second biggest producer of unconventional oil outside North America
Aug. 14, 2014, 3:28 PM
- Argentina's YPF (YPF -2.1%) says it discovered oil at a well in the Agrio formation in southern Patagonia, the third shale find in the country in four years.
- CEO Miguel Galuccio told reporters at a Buenos Aires technology fair that YPF has begun testing the Filo Morado well, but did not provide the well’s depth or other details.
- The Agrio formation is located in Neuquen basin, the site of the huge Vaca Muerta shale gas deposit where YPF and Chevron are producing crude.
Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM
- Argentina's YPF (YPF +1.2%) has enough cash and local funding sources to weather a sovereign default that has blocked it and other companies from international debt markets, CFO Daniel Gonzalez said in today's earnings conference call.
- The CFO said YPF had 11.4B pesos ($1.4B) in cash on its balance sheet at the end of June, and the company can lean on its credit lines with local banks, tap a $1B credit line with the federal government and, if necessary, adjust its capital spending.
- "We don´t have any plans for accessing international markets for now," Gonzalez said, but "you shouldn't be surprised" if YPF re-enters the market to rebuild its cash position if the sovereign default situation gets resolved.
Aug. 8, 2014, 8:33 AM
- YPF reports a 40% Y/Y gain in Q2 profit while oil and gas production rose for the fifth consecutive quarter.
- Argentina's leading energy company posted a quarterly profit of 1.526B pesos ($184M) vs. 1.09B in the year-earlier quarter.
- Q2 oil production rose 5.6% Y/Y to 241K boe/day while natural gas production rose 32%; in H1, crude output climbed 8.5% Y/Y while gas production gained 10%.
- Production of unconventional oil and gas reached 23.2K bbl/day thanks to the drilling of 50 wells in Vaca Muerta, where YPF has 21 active rigs and eight work-over rigs.
- Q2 total sales surged 61% to 35.3B pesos ($4.3B), but total spending rose nearly 67% to 10.8B pesos.
Aug. 1, 2014, 2:18 PM
- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association declared Argentina in default, a move which could trigger up to $1B on credit default swaps. Next up is an ISDA auction to settle outstanding CDS deals.
- Argentina bonds extended losses after the ISDA action, and the Global X Funds Argentina ETF (NYSEARCA:ARGT) is off 2.1% on the session.
- A selection of ADRs: Alto Palermo (APSA), Banco Macro (BMA -2.4%), BBVA Banco Frances (BFR -1.4%), Edenor (EDN +2.3%), Pampa Energia (PZE +0.1%), Telecom Argentina (TEO -0.6%), Tenaris (TS -0.1%), Ternium (TX -0.7%), YPF (YPF -0.9%).
Aug. 1, 2014, 11:44 AM
- Argentina's default won't harm efforts to become self-sufficient in oil and natural gas by tapping vast shale reserves, according to Seaport Group and state energy company YPF (YPF -3.9%).
- YPF oversees Argentina’s shale oil and gas reserves, and thus will have continuous access to financial markets, Seaport says, adding that YPF may structure securities where its earnings are escrowed outside the country for use in repaying debt and receive attractive terms.
- YPF says it will generate enough cash to finance operations for the next 12 months and has access to new funding sources; the company has said it needs to fund a $35B investment plan over the next five years.
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