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Investing Topics: Upstream

Upstream Overview: Thoughts on Q2 Results

Within the upstream space, we continue to focus on names with low costs, solid balance sheets, high-quality acreage in the STACK and Permian Basin, and the flexibility to monetize noncore assets or retain cash flow through captive midstream MLPs.

Although our outlook for oil prices and the US energy patch favors an overweight position in core midstream holdings, nimble investors can generate alpha in upstream names by buying when oil prices retreat to the low end of their range and taking some profits off the table when they recover. Timing and stock selection—easier said than done with shorter cycle times—will be critical to producing differentiated returns. Adhering to our Dream Prices can help in this regard.

Permian Basin to Take Market Share in a Short-Cycle World

Break-even rates continue to fall across the board in US shale plays, but the efficiency gains that come from exploiting multiple oil-bearing formations with the same infrastructure give the Permian Basin an edge in the battle for market share.

Upstream IPOs: Private Equity Cashes Out

Despite the underperformance of SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (NYSE: XOP) this year because of concerns about the outlook for energy prices and surging US production, several upstream operators have completed initial public offerings and more remain on the docket. Here are our takes.

Focus On The Permania

The latest additions to the Energy & Income Advisor Focus List have lagged of late, primarily because of the selloff in West Texas Intermediate crude oil. In light of these recent market moves, we we revisit our outlook and investment strategy.

Deal Flow Accelerates In Cotton Valley And Haynesville Shale

Enterprise Products Partners LP’s acquisition of Azure Midstream Partners LP’s gas-gathering and -processing assets marked the latest in a series of deals involving assets in the resurgent Haynesville Shale and the emerging Cotton Valley play. We explore what it all means and whether it’s worth placing a bet.

Focus List Update And Noteworthy Portfolio Developments

Since its reinstatement in early December 2016, the Energy & Income Advisor Focus List has generated an average total return of 9.6 percent, outperforming the S&P 500 Energy Index’s average loss of 4.5 percent over an equivalent holding period. We dig into fourth-quarter results from companies on our Focus List and in our Model Portfolios.

 

Upstream Takeover Targets

Some of the biggest winners from mergers and acquisitions activity in the US upstream space have been the acquirers. Deal flow will continue to focus on assets and private-equity outfits monetizing their investments. We prefer names with solid balance sheets and exposure to franchise assets with low production costs; these names will continue to take market share, outperform their and grow their inventories of potential drilling locations.

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