Tuesday, May 6, 2014

For Investors Only

I think I got caught up on daily activity report earlier; scroll down for today's summary, and other news.

During earnings season it's hard to keep up. Some stories readers have sent me:
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Wells Coming Off Confidential List Wednesday; A Couple Of Songbirds

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
  • 25882, 969, Whiting, Miller 34-8-4H, Harding, t11/13; cum 34K 3/14;
  • 25883, 790, Whiting, Langwald 31-17-4H, Estes, t11/3; cum 29K 3/14;
  • 26260, 196, Hunt, Burg 161-99-19-18H-1, Musta, t1/14; cum 13K 3/14;
  • 26724, 74, Corinthian Exploration, Corinthian Lochner 16-33 3H, North Souris, producing, looks like a good Spearfish well; t12/13; cum 13K 3/14;

25882, see above, Whiting, Miller 34-8-4H, Harding

DateOil RunsMCF Sold

25883, see above, Whiting, Langwald 31-17-4H, Estes:

DateOil RunsMCF Sold


Sing For Your Supper,
Mama Cass

Blue Velvet, Lana del Ray

Oasis Divests Non-Core Sanish; Raises $183 Million From Sale; Additional Details Elude Me

From my "Snapshot" page:

  • 1Q14 earnings; sold some non-core assets; acreage should change; sold Sanish non-core for $183.4 million
  • March 31, 2014: 506,960 net acres;
  • Summary, calendar year, 2013: 515,314 net acres; 34,000 boepd; 150 wells in 2014
According to the May 6, 2014, Oasis presentation, Oasis has 506,960 acres. Slide 17 of that presentation says that the company "divested non-operated properties for ~$322 million" but does not say how many acres; they say the sale closed March 5, 2014. Unless others have better information, 515,314 minus 506,960 = 8,354 acres.

$322 million / 8,354 acres = $38,544/acre. So, obviously more than just acreage (and producing acreage was involved in the sale), although ..... Bakken acreage has gone for that much in the past (rarely) and the Sanish is incredibly good acreage....just thinking out loud....

... on the other hand, another source suggested that the "Sanish Divestiture" was sold for $183.4 million. If so, assuming that all the acreage was Sanish, then we get a more "believable" $22,000/acre ... but still quite high....and very nice. .....

8,354 acres / 640 acres = thirteen 640-acre drilling units; much of the Sanish was originally spaced at 640 acres. 

Tuesday -- May 6, 2014

I'm traveling; will be here for 30 minutes so the update will be fast, prone to typographical and factual errors. I will correct them later. The post will be more disorganized that usual, but here goes.

I have a lot of e-mails to reply to; I won't get to them until later tonight, tomorrow, or later this week. I have an interesting e-mail from a reader who notes that restrictions on flaring are resulting in a decrease in oil production for some mineral owners. I'll get back to that later, but I've talked about tat at length in the past. The Bakken is an oil "play." About 92% oil and 8% natural gas; varies.

OAS: First, OAS is having a good morning following their earnings report. The most interesting bit of trivia I don't know yet is how much they got for each acre that they sold in their Sanish divestiture. Stock up over 3%. Reuters report. Revenue rose 40 percent to $349.5 million.

Active rigs:

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RBN Energy: the economics behind the Jordan Cove LNG project in coastal Oregon.
The Jordan Cove LNG project in coastal Oregon is the first “greenfield” US LNG export project—and the first on the West Coast--to win the Department of Energy’s approval to export to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) nations. That approval is critical for an LNG exporter focused on Asian markets, because the only FTA countries in that region are South Korea and Singapore. But can Jordan Cove compete with Sabine Pass and other Gulf Coast projects with existing LNG tankage and therefore lower capital costs? Today we consider the economics behind the project.

The Wall Street Journal  -- short and brief

Target's problem: Tar-zhay isn't working. Sounds like JC Penney. The Christmas-season cyberattack on Target did more than expose customer credit-card data to potential fraud. It also turned up the heat on troubles that simmered under the six-year tenure of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who stepped down on Monday.

Supreme Court permits prayer at town meetings, but not in school.

Obama will explain why the Statue of Liberty will be under water by the end of his term.

Polio: it's back.

Brazil's biggest city will now ration water, just as it hosts world soccer championship.

 Dirty US coal finds home in Europe. Yup.

Wal-Mart finally notches a win against rival Amazon as its online sales grow faster than the online retailing giant's for the first time in a decade.

Apple's stock ready for launch sequence.

The Los Angeles Times -- the west coast mouthpiece for the Democratic Party

Mr Obama explains why the Statue of Liberty will be underwater by thed of his term.

"How a Keystone XL loss in the Senate could be a win-win for Democrats."
The long political battle over the Keystone XL pipeline could reach a pivotal moment this week if enough Democratic senators join Republicans to support a bill that would approve the project, all but guaranteeing a veto showdown with the White House.
And that is an outcome Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would like to avoid.
I didn't read the rest of the article, but it's easy what the win-win would be: a) it would allow Dems to distance themselves from the president on his non-energy program; and, b) he would veto the bill, and the activist environmentalists will be thrilled. And lots of campaign money keeps coming in. The last thing anyone wants is a decision being made; the campaign donations would quit coming in.

For Investors Only

Bakken leaders could replace biotech in 2014. Forbes

Reporting today:
  • Denbury Resources (DNR) (25 cents): actual -- in-line; stock up 2%
  • First Solar (FSLR) (56 cents): excellent; shares "pop"; trounced expectations at $1.10;
  • Marathon Oil Corp (MRO) (72 cents): profit triples; beats by 17 cents; nice
  • ONEOK (OKE) (38 cents): after market close
  • Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($1.06): beats by 19 cents; stock surges after-hours
From Yahoo!InPlay And Other Sources
  • Trading at new highs: AAPL, EOG, EPD, MPC, NGLS, NRG, OKE, STO, TRN, WMB, XOM.
  • Magellan Midstream beats by $0.40
  • First Solar to build 42.76MW for EDF Renewable Energy: Co has been selected as the turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor for two projects under development by EDF Renewable Energy in California. First Solar and EDF Renewable Energy have signed EPC agreements for the 19.76 Megawatt (MW) AC CID Solar Project, located in Kings County; and the 23MWAC Cottonwood Solar Project, consisting of two sites, one located in Kings County and the other in Kern County. The CID Solar Project has a Power Purchase Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
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Oasis 1Q14 earnings transcript: Transcript, 1Q14.

A Note for the Granddaughters  

I left the Bakken yesterday morning, about 3:30 a.m. I spent most of the day with old friends and new friends in southwestern North Dakota before starting out for Grapevine (Dallas), Texas.

There are few things that are I enjoy more than cross-country driving.  Once one gets out of McKenzie County, North Dakota, everything slows down.

I picked up two new CDs at a Target store (paid in cash) along the bypass around Rapid City, SD. I looked forward to a great ride through Nebraska. I have commented many times, it is the most challenging state for me -- I have so many miles to get through Nebraska, it never seems to end. Even with the new CDs, Nebraska seemed to take forever. The stars were out, but I did not see an meteors. I don't consider a cross-country drive a complete success unless I see a meteor, preferably several. I usually see them over Kansas, but my entire trip through Kansas today will be in daylight.

I had a nice discussion with a new friend in Williston: learned a lot about relationships, particularly "love and respect." Very, very interesting.

I've seen a lot of wildlife this trip; more than usual. It must be global warming; that's the only thing that's changed: pronghorn, of course; one wolf (in North Dakota); one fox (in South Dakota); lots of ducks, geese; one sandhill crane over Nebraska; a lot of pheasants (alive in Williams County; dead in Bowman County -- I'm told that drivers drive faster in Bowman County than in Williams County. That may be true.). Other domestic "wildlife": elk (Williston); buffalo (Bowman County, elsewhere); llamas (South Dakota).

I can't believe how nice the weather is. I've taken this route so many times, I actually remember which McDonald's I've stopped in before. The only McDonald's that doesn't have wi-fi is the one in Williston. Understandable. Most McDonald's do not have a electrical outlet for computer users. But now I'm back in Starbucks country; no more problems if I decide to stop.

Best book in its genre, without question: Rocket Girl, by George D. Morgan, c. 2013. Everyone who has an association with North Dakota, particularly Williams County, and even more specifically, Ray, North Dakota, needs to read this book. Absolutely fascinating. One more stop and I will have finished the book. Technically I could say I've finished it now, but I'm eager to read the "Epilogue." Later this week, I will post a review at Amazon.com.