Tuesday, September 6, 2016

CLR's Rath Federal Wells -- September 6, 2016


November 28, 2016: the Rath Federal wells will be followed at a new post. This post -- below -- will not be updated. 

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Some nights I get so tired of the "woe is me" tone among all the oil bulls and all the negativity in the eastern press about the Bakken bust. Maybe I'm whistling past the cemetery but to me we're simply in the manufacturing stage which was predicted by Rolfstad some years ago. We just went into the manufacturing stage a year or two earlier than expected.

But what the roughnecks are doing completely blows me away.

Today, CLR reported an incredible well, one that was off my radar scope. I'm too tired to annotate the graphics so I will leave them as simple screenshots, maybe fill them in later.

For newbies: look at the length of these super-long laterals, or extended long laterals.
In the screen shot above,
  • the nine horizontals running east to west are CLR's Rath Federal wells
  • the eight horizontals running east to west are CLR's Corsican Federal wells
  • the three horizontals running north to south cutting through the aforementioned Rath / Corsican wells are CLR's Margaurite wells
This is very clever. The Rath Federal and Corsican Federal wells would leave "orphan" oil in the eastern edge of the 1920-acre drilling units; these Margaurite wells capture that "orphan" oil.

All those horizontals running south to north at the far left (west) in the screenshot above are also CLR wells: Holstein Federal and Hendrickson Federal.

The Rath Federal wells are shown in the screenshot below:

The Rath Federal wells:
  • 31670, 2,063, CLR, Rath Federal 5-22H, Sanish, fracked 7/16; 17.262 million gallons of water, water 91.4% by weight; sand 7.14% by weight, API 33-061-03780, t8/16; cum --
  • 31671, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 6-22H1, Sanish, no production data
  • 31672, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 7-22H, Sanish, no production data
  • 31673, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 8-22H2, Sanish, no production data
  • 31674, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 9-22H, Sanish, no production data
  • 31675, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 10-22H1, Sanish, no production data
  • 31676, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 11-22H, Sanish, no production data
  • 31677, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 12-22H2, Sanish, no production data
  • 31678, SI/NC, CLR, Rath Federal 13-22H, Sanish, no production data 
Getting Ready For Halloween 

2 years 2 months

Saudi Said To Weigh Canceling $20 Billion Of Projects -- Bloomberg -- September 6, 2016


January 25, 2017: Saudi Arabia cancels $27 billion joint venture with Malaysia

Later, 11:16 p.m. Central Time: memo to self -- subscribe to Rosetta Stone to learn French.  
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Link here to Bloomberg:
Saudi Arabia is intensifying efforts to shrink the highest budget deficit among the world’s biggest 20 economies, aiming to cancel more than $20 billion of projects and slash ministry budgets by a quarter, people familiar with the matter said.
The government is reviewing thousands of projects valued at about 260 billion riyals ($69 billion) and may cancel a third of them, three people said, asking not to be identified as the discussions are private. The measures would impact the budget for several years, according to two of the people.
A separate plan includes merging some government ministries and eliminating others, two people said, also speaking on condition of anonymity.
The world’s biggest oil exporter is taking unprecedented steps to rein in a budget shortfall that ballooned to 16 percent of gross domestic product last year, curtailing fuel and utility subsidies as well as cutting billions of dollars in spending. The International Monetary Fund expects the shortfall to drop to below 10 percent of GDP in 2017.
Regular readers know this is a running theme on the website: Saudi is in deeper trouble than most folks realize.

For the past thirteen months or so, Saudi appears to be hemorrhaging around $7 - $9 billion / month in dwindling reserve assets.  And at $50 oil for the foreseeable future, the situation is unlikely to improve any time soon.

Idle Chatter

I really do not understand all the concern about the price of oil. It seems "everyone" is concerned about the low price of oil. I honestly don't get it. I have no trouble with $2.15 for a gallon of gasoline. I would prefer $50 oil and gasoline at $2.00 than $100 oil and $4.00 oil.

My portfolio would look great with $100 oil but I don't like the idea of $4.00 gasoline. I could afford it, but a lot of folks could not.

American on-shore shale operators will survive, and some will do quite well, with $50 oil. But Saudi Arabia and most of its neighbors can't survive on $50 oil and that's just fine with me.

Most investors in the oil sector re-set their portfolios when oil hit $30.

I'm beginning to think we are just about at the sweet spot for oil, somewhere between $46 and $52 in current dollars and current conditions. 

Long Jump

I've always wondered what kind of athletic conditioning female long jumpers undergo. I'm impressed. Incredible athleticism.

I watch the first video but place the audio on mute. I have never once listened to the audio for the first video. I don't even know if any audio accompanies the video.

While watching the first video, I play the second video (or preferably the alternate version of the same song) loud and that's what I listen to, listening to the second video and watching the first video. Over and over.

2016 Rio Russian Long Jumper Banned

Living Next Door To Alice, Smokie

Summertime Sadness For California But More Great News For The Bakken, Eagle Ford, And The Permian: Judge Puts California Fracking On Hold -- September 6, 2016

Link here to US News:
A federal judge on Tuesday tentatively rejected a plan by the federal Bureau of Land Management to open more than 1,500 square miles of lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking.

The BLM failed to take a "hard look" at the environmental effects of the estimated 25 percent of new wells that would be devoted to fracking, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald wrote in the ruling. The process, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and chemicals to extract oil and gas from rock.

Fitzgerald ruled that the BLM must provide more study on the effects fracking will have in the area. He gave the agency's attorneys until September 21, 2016, to argue why he should not issue an injunction stopping the plan. 
Summertime sadness. 50 year anniversary.

2012 (best played loud):

Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey

1962 (best played not so loud):

Sealed With A Kiss, Brian Hyland
NASCAR Race Over Labor Day Weekend

I don't know how many saw it. As everyone knows, Tesla now has the fastest production car
“For the first time, the world’s fastest production car is electric,” said Tesla boss Elon Musk when he recently launched the company’s latest battery. The new 100kwh device can propel Tesla’s cars to about 97kph in just 2.5 seconds and allow them to drive 20% further before recharging, compared to previous batteries. 
So, there was great anticipation this past weekend when MuskMelon's Tesla Model S (or whatever it was) started at the pole position in the Labor Day 500 -- a 250-lap race on a 2-mile oval. 
The Tesla lapped every ethanol-burning stock car by the 30th lap, and was clearly the crowd favorite. 
But then the pit stop at the 80th lap to re-charge.

No New Permits; 28 Permits Renewed -- North Dakota, USA -- September 6, 2016

Active rigs:

Active Rigs3375196185192

Twenty-eight (28) permits renewed:
  • Halcon (5):  a Christine Joe well In Williams County; four Fort Berthold permits in Dunn County
  • Halcon (4): four Fort Berthold permits in Dunn County
  • QEP (7): seven Kirkland permits in McKenzie County
  • QEP (4): four MHA permits in Dunn County
  • Petrogulf (4): four Three Tribes permits in McKenzie County
  • Murex (2): two Emu wells in Renville county
  • NP: a Demores Federal permit in Billings County
  • EOG: a Van Hook permit in Mountrail County
Five producing wells completed:
  • 29612, 2,719, Statoil, Cheryl 17-20 7H, Banks, t8/16; cum --
  • 32536, F, Whiting, Charging Eagle 21-25-2TFH, Twin Buttes, flowing, no additional data,
  • 31670, 2,063, CLR, Rath Federal 5-22H, Sanish, fracked 7/16; 17.262 million gallons of water, water 91.4% by weight; sand 7.14% by weight, API 33-061-03780, t8/16; cum --
  • 31874, 1,561, CLR, Corsican Federal 1-15H, Sanish, fracked 7/16 (exact same dates as #31670); 16 million gallons of water, water 90.5% by weight; sand 9.3% by weight, API 33-061-03811, t8/16; cum 2K after 4 days;
  • 27650, 299, Petro-Hunt, Klatt 145-97-19C-18-3H, Little Knife, t8/16; cum --
Five Whiting P Bibler wells (#31685 - #31688, inclusive): confidential, but plugged or producing

Fracking Calculations

Back-of-the-envelope calculations. When CLR posts frack data for #31670 we can check how well the calculations worked out. At 200,000 pounds/stage, it works out to about 56 stages. 
  • Water weighs 8. 3454 pounds
  • 17.262 million gallons x 8.3454 pounds = 144.06 million lbs of water
  • 91.4% of "what" = 144.06 million lbs of water
  • Total weight of fracking fluid weighed: 157.615 million lbs
7.14% of 157.615 million lbs = 11.25 million lbs of sand

CLR Has A New Presentation -- September 6, 2016

Link here (a dynamic link).

A More Detailed Look At Mike Filloon's Most Recent Bakken Update -- September 6, 2016

Re-posted from an earlier post; this deserves a stand-alone post.

Filloon Bakken Update

Not long ago I mentioned that a surge in Filloon Bakken updates suggests the boom is back. Here's perhaps the fifth Filloon Bakken update in just the past few weeks.  Summary:
  • Enhanced completions continue to improve initial production rates in US unconventional plays.
  • Mega-fracs were only used sparingly in 2015, but still improved 270-day production year over year by 22%.
  • As oil prices improve, we will find that improvements in well design provide a much larger footprint of development in US plays.
  • If correct, production increases could be much more substantial at lower prices than analysts expect.
A few points from the article that caught my eye:

There are several graphics showing mega-fracks, including sliding sleeve vs cemented liner with plug & perf.

There is an EOG graphic comparing high-density vs old completion technology. EOG Resources shows over 700% more events (fractures) than back in 2010; more importantly, these events are closer to the well bore.

As I write this, a thought occurs. Saudi Arabia drills (mostly) conventional wells. There productivity is such not a lot of effort (R&D) is being spent on improving technology. For conventional wells in Saudi Arabia, the "low-hanging fruit" is not technology. If the "Bakken Revolution" did what it did with "old" technology in 2020, imagine what Bakken 2.0 is going to bring to the table. Saudi Arabia has to be painfully aware of this.

Continuing with the Filloon update:

Better well designs have produced positive results in fringe areas of US plays. Initial testing was seen mostly in the core.

Looking at the Bakken, there are two main targets. The first is the middle Bakken. This is what the Williston Basin is known for. As a general rule, the best wells will produce from this zone. The Three Forks has a series of up to 4 intervals. There has been little said about the fourth bench, and only a few wells have targeted the third. The upper Three Forks has seen the majority of activity, but in some areas there have been good 2nd bench completions. The middle Bakken core is located around the Nesson Anticline but also includes Parshall and Sanish fields.

There had been very few excellent results from areas outside of the core. Mega-fracs have changed this. We have seen a few wells that not only produce outside the normal ranges, but are producing new records. In NE McKenzie County the cutoff for good well results had been west of Banks field. Banks field does not produce as well as the fields on the border with Mountrail County, but still quite good. [I've always considered the Banks field a pretty good field.]

Using certain criteria, Filloon posted this table which can be compared to tables I have posted in the past:

Name Well Count CUM Gas  CUM Oil Oil/Well
BANKS 5 897,623 522,864 104,573
TRUAX 21 4,009,771 2,172,268 103,441
LONG CREEK 9 1,507,363 903,150 100,350
STOCKYARD CREEK 5 637,349 481,714 96,343
POE 3 313,662 237,987 79,329
TOBACCO GARDEN 6 624,795 471,247 78,541
SIVERSTON 3 379,367 221,575 73,858
BAKER 25 1,208,918 1,752,136 70,085
STONY CREEK 3 252,345 206,163 68,721
EAST FORK 27 1,917,323 1,814,027 67,186
ELK 4 240,459 253,430 63,358
BROOKLYN 9 848,503 559,909 62,212
CRAZY MAN CREEK 5 335,905 302,540 60,508
TODD 8 373,863 467,328 58,416
MOLINE 3 142,742 165,362 55,121
MONDAK 3 124,304 162,185 54,062
ARNEGARD 5 306,481 238,805 47,761
CAMP 10 541,181 433,661 43,366
COW CREEK 4 140,972 144,891 36,223
INDIAN HILL 6 223,793 192,786 32,131

Filloon notes a significant problem right now with comparing wells: shut-ins. He also does not mention wells that may not be shut in but may, in fact, be producing at less than maximum capaicyt for any number of reasons.

Filloon produces a table of the eleven (11) top producers. Here are the top six:

Name Well Count CUM Gas CUM Oil CUM Water
OASIS PETROLEUM 29 1,467,239 2,104,030 3,813,375
CONTINENTAL RESOURCES 26 2,030,618 1,499,468 1,214,252
Statoil Oil & Gas LP 25 1,803,522 1,495,686 2,436,510
WHITING OIL AND GAS 25 3,939,474 2,530,454 3,551,414
ZAVANNA, LLC 17 2,160,910 1,375,781 1,463,946
XTO ENERGY INC. 15 972,379 725,499 567,944

Whiting out produces all other operators. Oasis is second, and the other producer over 2 million BO. The difference in production of crude per well is quite large. Whiting's results point to a better well design or geology. It is possible this is a combination of both.

A relatively large production improvement was seen over the first 270 days' year over year. Over 16,000 more bbls of oil were produced. This represents an improvement of 22%.

Of the 181 wells, 30 produced over 100,000 BO within the first 9 months. This includes wells that produced for less time. 9-month average production increases to 143,510 BO. It provides some insight into where completions design is taking us. 

Another Filloon Bakken Update; NDIC's Daily Activity Report Index Finally "Back Up" -- September 6, 2016

At the moment, the September 1, 2016, daily activity report is linked including Friday's September 2, 2016, report, but don't bother going there. I was correct when I suggested there were technical problems. There was no Friday activity report due to technical difficulties. And, of course, Monday, was a holiday. See you this afternoon.

The index is at this link.

Filloon Bakken Update

Not long ago I mentioned that a surge in Filloon Bakken updates suggests the boom is back. Here's perhaps the fifth Filloon Bakken update in just the past few weeks.  Summary:
  • Enhanced completions continue to improve initial production rates in US unconventional plays.
  • Mega-fracs were only used sparingly in 2015, but still improved 270-day production year over year by 22%.
  • As oil prices improve, we will find that improvements in well design provide a much larger footprint of development in US plays.
  • If correct, production increases could be much more substantial at lower prices than analysts expect.
A more detailed look at the latest Filloon Bakken update is here
A Blind Spot

I canceled my New Yorker magazine a few weeks ago. The few non-Hillary stories were no longer relevant. I, however, do "read" the magazine every week at the local library.

This week's issues:
  • only one short item on Hillary; only one big cartoon on Hillary and Trump (and, surprisingly, it was fair and balanced);
  • two articles at the back I would enjoy reading: one on philosophy; one on annual business report letters written by CEOs to investors;
  • and, then this one: "How do you go about reforming a corrupt political system?" I looked forward to an article on Chicago or maybe Detroit, but instead the very, very long article is a "Letter from Kiev: After the Revolutions" and, of course, about Ukraine. 
Wow. Talk about a blind spot.

How Tough Can Investing Be?

In the short note above, I referenced an article in this week's issue of The New Yorker. Here's the article and the link: a book review of Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism, JeffGramm, c. 2016 (I believe).

The essay ends with:
For the rest of us, the difficulty is in telling the guys who can be trusted with your money from the guys who can’t.
Warren Buffett can, and his letters make it sound easy. (“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult,” he says.) Reading him, you think, How hard can this investing business be?
His biographer gives us a clue as to the answer. When Buffett was in high school, he was earning twenty-one hundred dollars a year, more than his teachers, from a daily paper route. With the proceeds, he bought a forty-acre farm in Nebraska.
So that’s the answer: if you bought a farm with your earnings while still in high school, you, too, will find investing simple. If not, business letters can still be fun to read, but it might be best to regard them as a form of literary fiction.

Corn, Wheat Crops At Record Production Levels -- Nothing Like A Bit Of Additional CO2 To Help -- September 6, 2016

Whether or not you agree with or appreciate the "tone" of this linked article, the fact is that a) clement weather for the past ten years; and, b) growing atmospheric CO2 concentrations -- minimal as they are -- crop yields are growing (almost) exponentially in the US.

From American Interest quoting Financial Times:
Extensive planting and benign weather have forced analysts to repeatedly raise crop outlooks. The International Grains Council last week increased its global wheat production forecast to a record 743m tonnes, up 1 per cent from last year. […]
The recent US winter wheat harvest was 45m tonnes, up 21 per cent from 2015, according to the US Department of Agriculture. 
Merchants who have run out of room in silos are piling wheat outdoors. 
Storage concerns are also growing in Russia, which is this year set to become the largest wheat exporter after hauling in more than 70m tonnes. In Canada, the government anticipates the second-largest wheat crop in 25 years, of 30.5m tonnes. Australia’s imminent wheat harvest is forecast at 26.5m tonnes, the most in five years.
From an earlier post:
Speaking of blended gasoline, did you all read the WSJ article today that said there's a glut of US corn, and prices are falling fast. By the way, did you see one of the reasons why there are record crops this year?
Clement weather this summer has fueled expectations that U.S. farmers will harvest the largest U.S. corn and soybean crops in history. The USDA earlier this month projected that the nation’s corn crop will reach about 15.2 billion bushels, and the soybean crop about 4.1 billion bushels.
So much for "extreme weather" destroying US crops. And, oh, by the way, that little bit of CO2 is doing great things for corn crops. Both "upstream" and "downstream." 
In addition to clement weather, minimally higher atmospheric CO2, my hunch is technology and government policies have driven a lot of this increase in production.

This will be an interesting story to follow, and thus the new tag, "Agriculture_2016."

NAWG On Wheat

Linked here, the September 1, 2016, newsletter:
Record yields across the U.S. and favorable conditions around the world this harvest season have brought the lowest price of wheat in nearly a decade, with wheat futures down, causing a dilemma for elevator operators as an oversupply of wheat has caused over-capacity in some areas.
Affecting everyone from farmers to agriculture suppliers, these depressed prices are contributing to a general downward spiral of the farm economy, exacerbated by the threat of cut to certain programs in the Farm Bill, such as crop insurance and Title 1 programs, which protect farmers in times like this. With stagnant markets, many producers aren’t able to cover their cost of production.
Farmers in North Dakota have two "relative" advantages compared to previous years of record harvests.
  • taking lessons learned from oil patch on storage
  • huge railroad infrastructure buildout during Bakken boom 

EOG To Buy Privately-Held Yates Petroleum; Enbridge To Buy Spectra Energy -- September 6, 2016

Note: this is not an investment site. Do not make any investment, financial, travel, job, relationship, business, or space travel plans based on what you read here or think you may have read here. 


Later, 8:36 a.m. Central Time: Barron's -- with merger, Spectra and Enbridge see eight (8) years of 10 - 12% dividend growth. Wow!  Dividend growth at 8 - 10% through 2024. Another open-book test.
  • 2016: $1.62
  • 2017: 1.08 x 1.62 = 1.75
  • 2018: 1.08 x 1.75 = 1.89
  • 2019: 1.08 x 1.75 = 2.04
  • 2020: 1.08 x 2.04 = 2.20
  • 2021: 1.08 x 2.20 = 2.38
  • 2022: 1.08 x 2.38 = 2.57
  • 2023: 1.08 x 2.57 = 2.78
  • 2024: 1.08 x 2.78 = 3.00 
Memo to self: check on this in 2024.
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Active rigs:

Active Rigs3375196185192

RBN Energy: building crude oil pipelines -- how to make preliminary cost estimates.
The Shale Revolution sparked a multibillion-dollar re-plumbing of the U.S. crude oil pipeline network that continues to this day, two years after oil prices started falling and one year after oil production volumes followed suit. While the pace of development has at times seemed hectic, the individual decisions to build new pipelines involve a lot of studying, vetting and number crunching. After all, pipelines don’t come cheap, and their success depends to a considerable degree on their long-term usefulness to the market. One of the most important factors in determining whether a crude oil pipeline project makes sense is its capital cost and, with that, the cost of moving oil through it. Today, we continue our look at crude pipeline economics with a discussion of the basics of estimating pipe size and cost, and figuring the optimal capacity of a given pipeline project.
EOG To Acquire Yates Petroleum


September 11, 2016: why oil companies are gobbling each other up. A bit of fluff because it's not particularly accurate. In fact, there have been very few M&A deals considering how far the oil sector has fallen. Part of the reason: regulators not particularly favorable to M & A in the oil patch. But some data points from the linked article:
  • over the summer, Pioneer Natural Resources also picked up acreage in the Permian, as did Concho Resources, which announced a $1.6 billion deal last month
  • one analyst: “US oil production will continue to decline, demand will continue to grow modestly and the inventory overhang will decline,” he said. “This will help oil prices rise slowly, reaching $60 in 2018."
  • same analyst: ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Occidental Petroleum are all on the lookout for smart deals, with still more appetite on tap for EOG, Apache, Pioneer and Concho.
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EOG to buy privately-held Yates Petroleum in $2.5 billion deal.
  • EOG Resources agrees to acquire privately-held Yates Petroleum as well as some of Yates' subsidiaries and other entities in a cash and stock deal valued at $2.5B, raising its position in the Permian Basin and Powder River Basin.
  • EOG will issue slightly more than 26M common shares valued at $2.3B and pay $37M in cash, and assume $245M of Yates' debt while receiving $131M in cash from Yates at closing.
  • EOG says the Yates acquisition adds ~1,740 net premium drilling locations in the Delaware Basin and Powder River Basin to EOG's inventory of premium drilling locations, a 40% increase; EOG plans to begin drilling on the Yates acreage in late 2016 with additional rigs added in 2017.
From the press release:
EOG and Yates Petroleum Corporation today announced definitive agreements under which EOG has agreed to combine with Yates Petroleum Corporation, Abo Petroleum Corporation, MYCO Industries, Inc. and certain other entities (collectively, Yates). Under the terms of this private, negotiated transaction, EOG will issue 26.06 million shares of common stock valued at $2.3 billion and pay $37 million in cash, subject to certain closing adjustments and lock-up provisions. EOG will assume and repay at closing $245 million of Yates debt offset by $131 million of anticipated cash from Yates, subject also to certain closing adjustments.
Yates is a privately held, independent crude oil and natural gas company with 1.6 million net acres across the western United States. Since 1924, when it drilled the first commercial oil well on New Mexico state trust lands, Yates has amassed a rich acreage position across the western United States.

Highlights of Yates' assets are summarized below:
  • Production of 29,600 barrels of crude oil equivalent per day, net, with 48 percent crude oil
  • Proved developed reserves of 44 million barrels of oil equivalent, net 
  • Delaware Basin position of 186,000 net acres 
  • Northwest Shelf position of 138,000 net acres 
  • Powder River Basin position of 200,000 net acres 
  • Additional 1.1 million net acres in New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota and Utah.
($2.3 billion +$37 million +$245 million -$131 million) = $2.45 billion / 1.624 million acres = $1,500 acre.

If the deal had only included the Delaware Basin: $2.5 billion / 186,000 net acres = $13,500 / acre.

Note:  I often make simple arithmetic errors; some numbers are rounded.

This was a steal. Even the "pros" agree. Look at this from a contributor over at SeekingAlpha had to say:
  • EOG Resources surges more than 6%, as analysts say its $2.5B acquisition of Yates Petroleum strengthens its Permian Basin presence at an inexpensive price.
  • Tudor Pickering & Holt analysts say EOG is paying $7K-$8K/acre for the Delaware Basin properties, assuming a value on proven reserves that are producing and still being developed of ~$800M for the 29.6M boe/day EOG said it is picking up (48% oil). [I think it's a lost less than $7 - $8/acre for the Delaware.]
  • Simmons analyst Pearce Hammond calculates that the deal comes in well below some recent transactions in the play, including Diamondback Energy's $560M purchase of Luxe Energy, which he says came in at $26K-$27K/acre.
  • Cowen analysts say EOG is paying less than $1M per new premium location, and the deal is $2/share accretive to net asset value just on initial locations.
Yes, this is a huge story.

EOG (prior to deal announcement, except share prices as indicated):
  • close Friday: $88.91
  • futures Tuesday: $89.55
  • closed on Tuesday at: $94.93 -- up almost 7%
  • market cap: $50 billion
  • enterprise value: $55 billion
  • total cash: $780 million
  • total debt: $7 billion  
Enbridge To Acquire Spectra Energy 


Later, 3:45 p.m. Central Time: The WSJ weighs in -- suggests this is a no-brainer. We'll see. I'll believe it when I see it. The regulators love to kill these deals; makes them look they are doing something. From the link:
A proposed pipeline deal between Canada’s Enbridge and Spectra of the U.S. should succeed because of simplicity, limited overlap and low commodity exposure. 
Investor demand for chunky, rising payouts became a challenge as volumes, hydrocarbon prices, and even customers’ creditworthiness sank over the past two years. Their response, a wave of proposed mergers, has seen as many failures as successes. The latest, a $28 billion proposed deal between announced Tuesday between Canada’s Enbridge Inc. and Texas-based Spectra Energy Corp., looks like an example of the latter.
The proof was in Spectra’s share price, which jumped above the original $40.33 value of the all-share offer to as much as $42.33 early Tuesday afternoon. That reflected a rise in Enbridge’s shares and a merger arbitrage spread of less than 5% for a deal expected to close in early 2017.
Traders clearly are betting that antitrust and financing concerns are minimal and that the premium paid for Spectra was modest considering potential synergies. Under the deal, announced jointly by the companies, Spectra Energy shareholders will receive shares of Enbridge valued at around $40.33 each, or a premium of about 11.5%, based on the closing price of Enbridge shares on Friday.
Later, 12:59 p.m. Central Time: Bloomberg weighs in, further increasing the changes this deal is DOA.  Bloomberg calls the deal "exciting." That's a word Obama regulators do not like to hear. Remember: "no drama, Obama." His own words.

Later, 12:58 p.m. Central Time: this is the only headline the regulators will need to read before they kill the deal -- Enbridge seeks to create the 'FedEx' of pipelines.

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$28 billion -- WSJ.  
New company will have assets in crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, terminal and midstream operations.Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Houston’s Spectra Energy Corp. in an all-stock deal valued at about $28 billion, creating a major North American energy-infrastructure company at a time when energy-industry operators continue to deal with the fallout from low oil prices.

The arrangement has an enterprise value of about $127 billion and the deal, which has the full support of the boards of both Enbridge and Spectra, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, the companies said in a release.

On closing, Enbridge shareholders are expected to own about 57% of the combined company, to be called Enbridge Inc., and Spectra Energy shareholders will own the remaining 43%. The merged company will have assets spanning crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, terminal and midstream operations, a regulated utility portfolio and renewable power generation operations.
GE To Acquire Two European 3-D Printing Firms

From SeekingAlpha:
  • General Electric has agreed to acquire two European 3-D printing companies for a combined $1.4B, tapping into manufacturers' growing demand for digital technologies.
  • Both Arcam and SLM Solutions make machines that can print metal parts used in aircraft components such as turbines.
  • 3-D printing "will drive new levels of productivity for GE including a wide array of additive manufacturing customers, and for the industrial world," CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement.
The Market

At the close: what a great day for the market. It did not go up all that much, but the NYSE saw 299 issues trade at new 52-week highs; and only 10 issues (about the same as at the opening) traded at new lows. 

Mid-afternoon trading: new highs on the NYSE now hit 272. New lows, now at 9, have not increased. 

Early afternoon trading: new highs on the NYSE now hit 261. 

Noon trading: the market is now down slightly, down 8 points (the Dow 30). But there are now 249 issues on the NYSE reporting new highs.

Early morning trading: NYSE on a tear --
  • new highs: 226 -- EOG, Spectra Energy, Sprint, WPX, XLNX (not on NYSE),
  • new lows: 10
Opening: Dow 30 opens up 45 points. Summer is over. The traders are back. ENB opens up 1% up after acquisition announcement (see above). EOG surges: up 3.45% on announcement. In early morning trading, ENB surges almost 4% following Barron's article on dividend growth. XLNX trading at new highs. There are going to be a lot of new highs reported today.

Futures: up about 30 points (Dow 30) just before the open. Positive news on oil brings WTI to about $45. Trivial. SRE at 105.18 at close on Friday.