You could read any of the financials or their presentations. Costs them about $15 to get oil out of the ground and $15 to truck it to market. The trucking costs are declining. PTA is a low cost producer with more debt than cash. They can make money at $68 Brent. It's not an indebted shale company as another poster pointed out. Lower oil hurts every oil company, but PTA gets hurt much less than most. Stock is still trading at enterprise value / 2015 cash flow of less than 1.5X even with oil at current prices.
FXEN gets about 90% of their revenues from selling natural gas in Poland. They are still getting very favorable pricing (about 2X what it sells for in the US).
poppy, you might want to look more carefully at the form 4 filings footnotes. Insiders received "phantom" shares as part of their comp package. They "sold" a portion of the phantom shares (which track the performance of real GDP shares, but are not actually real shares) to cover the taxes due. The "sale" is not an open market sale of a real GDP share. It basically means they got a cash bonus based on the share price and surrendered a portion of the bonus to pay the taxes.
They didn't seem very concerned about that covenant on the last conference call. Perhaps it's because of the pending 61 mil asset sale will lower debt. Perhaps it's because of hedging and hedging gains. Perhaps it's because they could sell hedges for large gains. Perhaps it's because production (largely hedged) is increasing so Q4 EBIDTA will be higher. Perhaps it's because that getting a waiver (after paying a small fee if) they do slightly violate a covenant is not uncommon.
Fact: I didn't own GDP at $30 in June 2014. I've been buying GDPAN and GDP-PD over the last couple of weeks. Like how those traded last week. I'm not in the GDP common, but it had a good move last week. If I use your logic does trading last week prove they are not in trouble? Does the rally in the common prove the asset sale will successfully close in a few days? Here are a few more inconvenient facts for shorts by the way. GDP is only 50% drawn on their bank credit line. The bank credit line is only 1/5 of their debt. Insiders have been buying bonds. The amount they owe on the credit line will drop more when they close the gas asset sale shortly.
Here's the actual discussion from the seeking alpha transcript of the Q3 conf call. CFO says he doesn't see a problem with the 4X covenant issue. Definitely an issue to watch, but I don't think it's a critical issue that shorty should be hanging his hat on. If they close the asset sale next week, the issue probably goes away. Maybe hedge gains add to EBIDTA. Maybe they pay a small fee to the bank to waive the covenant. CFO certainly didn't seem to be losing any sleep over it:
Phillips Johnston - Capital One Securities, Inc., Research Division
Okay. And then now just a question for Jan. You're in compliance with all of your financial covenants, but can you talk about where the third quarter shook out just on a net debt-to-EBITDA basis, as defined and calculated by the, I guess, the 4x maximum covenant? And maybe what you project going forward.
Jan L. Schott - Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
We were below our -- I think our covenant is the 4x total debt-to-EBITDAX, we were slightly below that, but don't see a problem going forward with what we have in place with our credit facility and the financial covenants, so...
Lots of BS being posted. Oil trading within a few cents of flat this morning. GDP higher in pre-market. 61 mil asset sale expected to close this week.
Disc: Long GDPAN & GDP-PD
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Solar is really a good deal if you live in a state with high electric rates and state incentives like Delaware. I can't believe how much the taxpayers chipped in for my system - LOL. The incentives are nuts and it's almost like free money to pay no money down for a lease, get 500 cash back and lock in a lower electric rate for 20 years. I know that SCTY is a good company, but Sungevity (Use referral code 1147466 to get the $500 cash back bonus) did a good job on my house and am giving them a plug. Makes sense to get a couple of quotes to keep SCTY honest even if you like them.
They are still private and not in every state, but not a tiny company. I was impressed and would consider participating if they did an IPO. It actually took the power company (Delmarva) almost as long to do the paperwork so the system could be turned on as it took to get it installed.
So the 61 mil natural gas asset sale closed right on time and for the previously announced amount. Guess the shorts don't want to talk about that. Think the CFO had that in mind when he said they would hit the 4X EBIDTA covenant so they can keep paying my preferred dividends. Liquidity just jumped from 135 mil to 180 mil and don't hold your breath for $20 oil or even $50. Tax loss selling is ending. Time to covers shorts.
GDP already bottomed near $3 and has been heading higher since then. The bottom is already in on the preferred issues as well. The par 50 GDPAN preferred convertible is trading at 11.50. That's 23 cents on the dollar. Haven't seen values like that in high yield preferred issues since the financial sector preferred issues right after the financial crisis.
In doing the paperwork to sign over the Delaware grants to the leasing company, I noticed that the grant amounts would have been about twice as large for a non-profit organization installing the same system. Any Church or non-profit in Delaware that hasn't done this is passing up free money.
I think it's really foolish of Delaware (situations is similar for some other states) taxpayers to contribute several thousand dollars to put solar panels on my roof. What a bunch of suckers! Most solar systems get installed on expensive homes. This is a reverse robin hood program to subsidize well off home owners - LOL. Don't see why taxpayers should pay 2X as much to subsidize a church. Don't see why they want to pay thousands to help me get low lease payments, but no reason to turn down free money when it's offered. If I don't take it someone else will.
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The politicians are already looking to take advantage of cheap oil and nat gas prices to implement massive taxes. My utility has high electric rates because they already pay massive taxes and have expensive mandates. On one hand you have massive taxes on electricity and on the other hand the state and federal govt pay you huge incentives to generate your own. I think it's a crazy system, but anyone not putting solar panels on their house is paying massive taxes and passing up free money.
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Oil was down today and you shorts struggled hard to close GDP below 5. The stock wants to go higher. Keep dreaming about $2. The bottom is already in.
It's unbelievable how fast they see an "opportunity" and want to tax it - LOL. The taxes that go on your electric bill are already endless and that's still not enough for them. I'm not worried about "climate change". Putting solar panels on your roof is the only way to lock in lower electric and take the "tax me more" bullseye off your back.