January 27th, 2023 | 11:45 CET
Commodity stocks pick up, Saturn Oil + Gas, RWE, BASF - Forward-looking with high returns
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"[...] The Oxbow Asset now delivers a substantial free cash flow stream to internally fund our impactful drilling and workover programs. [...]" John Jeffrey, CEO, Saturn Oil + Gas Inc.
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Saturn Oil & Gas: Increase in production capacity by about 140%
Saturn Oil & Gas has signed an agreement to acquire Ridgeback Resources for CAD 525 million, consisting of CAD 475 million in cash and CAD 50 million in common stock. Ridgeback Resources is a private oil and gas producer focused on light oil in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada.
Saturn Oil & Gas Inc. is a Canadian energy company focused on generating positive shareholder returns through the continued development of high-quality light oil assets, supported by an acquisition strategy targeting profitable opportunities.
The acquisition will expand Saturn's pro forma production by approximately 140% to about 30,000 BOE/d of sustainable, light oil-focused, high netback production. The netback measure nets the revenue from the sale of oil and gas against the specific costs required to bring the product to market. This is often expressed as a value per barrel. It essentially shows how much the Company retains from the sale of a single barrel of oil or oil byproducts.
"This transformational acquisition is an important step for Saturn to establish material scale in its Alberta and Saskatchewan operations, where we will leverage our high-quality light oil-focused production that has considerable prospective development drilling inventory, our teams track record of operational outperformance and capital efficiency, a strong hedge book, and supportive strategic equity backers like GMT Capital Corp. and Libra Advisors, LLC to mitigate corporate risk, rapidly deleverage, and sustainably grow in a profitable manner for many years to come," CEO John Jeffrey explained in an interview with the Market Herald.
"The attractive acquisition criteria and compelling economics of the Ridgeback acquisition, combined with our existing portfolio of free cash flow generating assets, will enable Saturn to pay down all corporate debt within three years and ultimately deliver a significant return of capital to enhance shareholder value."
RWE inspires with a strong result, commodity trading division profits
German utility RWE this week reported preliminary full-year earnings for 2022. The result was ahead of CFO expectations, and one justification is that poor wind conditions boosted the use of gas turbines.
**EBITDA is expected to rise 73% to EUR 6.3 billion in 2022, above the high end of the originally forecast range of EUR 5.5 billion, according to the Company.
RWE said its adjusted net income doubled to EUR 3.2 billion. Investors rewarded these results with a buy, with the share price rising 3.3%. Profit at the division responsible for biomass, hydroelectric and gas-fired power plants tripled to EUR 2.4 billion.
Results also benefited from RWE's commodity trading division, the Company said. RWE confirmed that its dividend target for fiscal 2022 would remain unchanged at EUR 0.90 per share. Final figures will be released on March 21.
BASF - Loss of billions due to burst Russia deal
Wintershall Dea, a subsidiary of BASF, will put its Russian business on ice in the future. Chairman of the board Mario Mehren said on January 18 that it was not appropriate to continue operating in Russia. He stressed that the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine contradicts Europe's values and destroys cooperation between Russia and Europe.
Mehren stated that Russian restrictions have made it impossible for Wintershall Dea to continue operating its joint projects in the country as planned. He referred to the Russian president's decrees forcing the joint ventures to reduce the gas price they charge Gazprom, which was issued in December 2022.
In this context, DAX-listed BASF announced that they would post a loss of about EUR 1.4 billion on their account for fiscal 2022. Analysts had previously forecast a profit of around EUR 4.77 billion. The main reason for the high minus is the full-year write-downs on Wintershall Dea amounting to EUR 7.3 billion. In Q4 22 alone, BASF had to write down EUR 5.4 billion due to the deconsolidation of its subsidiary's exploration and production activities. Deconsolidation must be carried out when a parent company sells all or part of its shares in a subsidiary.
Russian operations most recently accounted for 50% of Wintershall Dea's total production. CEO Mehren announced that the Company is now looking to expand its growth into international markets, targeting Norway, Algeria, Argentina and Mexico as potential targets.
At a time of high demand for fossil fuels, Saturn Oil & Gas manages to strike a significant deal to expand its production capacity to around 140%. RWE also knows how valuable commodity companies are at the moment, scoring with excellent business results. BASF is feeling exactly the opposite. Its subsidiary Wintershall Dea has been facing an icy wind since its Russian business was discontinued. For investors, this means looking at alternatives for commodity suppliers. Saturn Oil & Gas can be one of these candidates.
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