Update: Energen Results Proving Out Pure-Play Transition

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Energen's results in the Permian Basin's Ward, Howard and Martin counties are confirming their Midland basin push, with high oil content results as well.

The recent news affirms that its ample contigent resources, noted in an earlier article, will become proved.

The company's pure-play status is fast approaching as the sell off of its gas utility comes to a close.

Energen has been a stable player in the Permian Basin, with good acreage in both Midland and Delaware Basins.

Pure-play Energen (NYSE:EGN) just announced the positive results of its Wolfcamp development program. The company offers the following highlights:

• Latest Ward County Wolfcamp B tests at 24-hour peak IP (3-phase) of 1,896 boepd (78% oil).

• Company's first Wolfcamp A well in Howard Co. generates peak 24-hour IP (3-phase) of 955 boepd (84% oil).

• Wolfcamp A test in east central Martin County scores peak 24-hour IP (3-phase) of 970 boepd (79% oil).

Energen also plans to drill longer laterals, up to 10,000 feet, in Glasscock County, which other operators like RSP Permain (NYSE:RSPP) also noted recently. This speaks to the gained confidence and comfort of E&P firms learning what is possible in the various benches or intervals in the Permian. Importantly, when a larger player like Pioneer (NYSE:PXD) de-risks its acreage, other smaller operators can benefit, like Energen, as they often share practices and experiences. This is why many E&Ps call their "competitors" peers.

Interestingly, Howard County has not been drilled and developed to the extent that Midland and Martin have. It is further to the East, and considered Tier 2 for Wolfcamp B prospectivity, but considered Tier 1 in general (see Parsley Energy (NYSE:PE) article). Energen has obviously had respectable results as its news relays in Wolfcamp A. The map depicts opportunity where Energen has acreage in all Wolfcamp zones.

In my earlier article, I cited more activity in the Midland Basin, and Energen is following up nicely with comparable results to peers. Since the article of February 2014, Energen stock has risen about 15%, even with a 3% decline as of this writing.

Earlier Executive Summary:

  • Energen will focus more in the oil-rich Midland Basin in 2014.
  • While its stock price rose nearly 58% in 2013 by early December, there is a measured, hearty pace to their growth potential.
  • Interestingly, its contingent resources rose 172% in 2013, creating a big inventory for a smaller E&P firm.

Earlier article here.

(As the above article is a PRO piece, potentially inaccessible, I direct readers to a late 2013 article when first discussing Energen, here.)

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