IOC lost a third of its value in the first two weeks of January. The well was suspended with no disclosure in early January.
The XLE lost about 7% of its value over that timeframe so a 33% ding seems a bit rich, even for IOC.
These guys are a joke, IMHO
So net net I think there's a decent shot at a decent return from this point ($44.65 as I type), but a rocky road ahead with some potential potholes. I've mused about buying a bit but I own enough energy and find I don't need to take on a ton of risk to find great entry points in other names - I think that's a big factor here. Heck you could buy Total here and would get a 50% return if it goes back to where it was in July, while clipping a 5.2% yield while you wait. So riskier plays like IOC with no production now and no production for at least 5 years need to offer up a lot for people to take the risk.
I view mid 40s as a "meh" price. But not a bad price.
Nice post MS. My numbers aren't much different. Using a 10% discount rate, a Dec 15 certifcation, a Dec 2016 FID, and a 2020 startup I get numbers of roughly $20 at 7.1 TCF and about $40 at 9.9 TCF.
One of the reasons why it might *seem* on the cheap side is that it is highly sensitive to that TCF figure. e.g. at 5.4 TCF (the original Total and OSH estimate) it is only about $8.
Better seismic, and A#$%$ the top of the reservoir higher are encouraging but still preliminary in terms of value.
My understanding is that the current assessments assume a high percentage of the original gas in place (OGIP) is recoverable. To me, just as important as the other wells, will be the extended well test at A5 while monitoring pressure drawdown in other appraisal wells. The productivity/connectivity will be very important. For example the gas volume could be higher, but if the connectivity is disappointing it may whack the certification.
On this latter point I find it hilarious that IOC is now doing an extended well test, and also a communication test. I had a long discussion with "indoreservoir" on these topics on Seeking Alpha (see comment section of "Interoil's Increasing Value Proposition". Remember all the angst on the EWT?
It also doesn't help that IOC seems to be a train wreck in getting things done - now we learn that A-4 has been suspended for 2 months and nobody knew? Yikes.
Throw in general angst about bad energy markets, reduced capex budgets, and so on, and the price feels about right to me.
Regarding your Q about the NPV of a share in a future LNG plant, I don't think it's a lot right now - it's basically an *option* to invest $billions in an LNG project. An option has value, but they must fund their share of it. For example, 100% of the cash they get in "resource payments" may be diverted to an LNG plant share, so one can't double dip.
I put the odds of a buyout before certification at about 10%. Imagine how idiotic Total would look paying up for gas that they found out later wasn't there (e.g. if it comes in at 5 tcf). Especially in this environment when they can buy dirt cheap 2P reserves on the stock market.
IMHO if Total is to buy IOC, they would wait until certification, find out exactly what they are dealing with at E/A, and then make an offer that is fear.
Execs at companies like Total don't get rewarded for playing roulette. Buying assets at fair prices with returns equal to or greater than their cost of capital is plenty good enough for them. Parting with $billions in precious cash with oil down 50% and their capex budgets under stress just to buy a bigger piece of something they already own and control ain't in the cards for a while.
Perhaps Mr. Market would have preferred an OSH win as Exxon could more easily justify more trains at PNG LNG than Total lighting up a brand new project in this energy environment.
When was the last time IOC went up on news? I'm not sure it's ever happened.
Good news for sure. Markets hate uncertainty, even among equal outcomes.
Focus can now be on the two biggies - E/A certification, and timeline.
"INTEROIL CORPORATION: BYKER GAYLEN FILES TO SELL 100,000 SHARES
FORM 144 FILED AT THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON 01/16/15 APPROXIMATE DATE OF SALE: 01/09/15
BYKER GAYLEN, SHAREHOLDER, OF 20 PEPPERS TRAIL, MONTAGUE, MI 49437, HAS FILED TO SELL 100,000 SHARES OF INTEROIL CORPORATION [IOC] THROUGH RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES. ISSUER PHONE 281-292-1800"
He smart man. IOC was still in the low 40s on Jan 9.
I'm not sure the nuances of the rules on why he would need to file a form 144. He's no longer an insider so that explains why no filings on SEDI.
I *think*, based on a cursory review of Rule 144, that he only now has to file it for restricted securities - his freely trading shares, if he still owns any, would not require filing, so he may be dumping or may have dumped more already.
"Restricted securities are securities acquired in unregistered, private sales from the issuing company or from an affiliate of the issuer. Investors typically receive restricted securities through private placement offerings, Regulation D offerings, employee stock benefit plans, as compensation for professional services, or in exchange for providing "seed money" or start-up capital to the company"
Whatever happened to that d-bag?
Yes, I put equal amounts of stock into NQ, IOC, DSNY, ANY, and XXII (aka the ShareholdersUnite ETF). I'm only down about 70% over the past year.
Yup. And when Getitwrong starts calling fellow longs "AH" you know we're in for some fireworks.
But dumps $50M (and counting?????) of IOC.
Also EWC is up 13% this year.
"Doesn't the stock get halted when down 10% for the day"
Nope, but the "circuit breaker" is triggered which means the uptick rule is in effect that day - meaning a short seller can't pound the bid.
I guess he has better places to put his $100K per month base salary.
975,000 shares unloaded last week.
Market may be wondering if the other 8.7M shares is on the way (or currently being sprayed into the market)