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fastball.98mph 43 posts  |  Last Activity: 13 hours ago Member since: Dec 26, 2011
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    Can You Spell Manipulation

    by jimbobjumpback1rn Apr 30, 2015 3:21 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph 13 hours ago Flag

    Followed this stock forever and if history repeats they'll pull something off when sentiment is mostly negative which is where we're at. Knowing how close or not they are to something that could put to rest the liquidity issue is really powerful leverage. Each passing day is bait for more shorts to pile on. Take the institutional- insider shares out the share float is 54mil that against a month prior 48mil shares shorted could lead to a big move. Placed a small bet on May and June $2.50 calls

  • fastball.98mph by fastball.98mph May 2, 2015 7:12 PM Flag

    At 3% below book Einhorns annual 2% charge is more than covered. The market is effectively discounting by 1% a pool of capital plus some float that happens to be managed by one of the worlds best money managers who's track record is 20% per year. So the question is does DE use some of the capital to buy back the cheap stock--- even if it reduces the capital base on which he charges an annual 2%? He does on the other hand own a lot of the stock.

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    Income Statement

    by chasbo1239t Apr 10, 2015 10:47 AM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Apr 11, 2015 11:13 AM Flag

    My guess is the patriarch received a big year end consultant fee, and then maybe some cash bonuses went to the rest of the H-clan. The operating assets are very mature so for these guys to outspend the revenue by such a factor is a joke. Watch how fast that remaining $3mil burns.

  • fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Mar 7, 2015 11:01 AM Flag

    I wonder if this approach of leaking to the media that you want to be sold deep in a down cycle doesn't generate a few chuckles from the few in a position to acquire it. The stock might take a hit next week because it looks desperate.

  • fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Feb 27, 2015 9:52 AM Flag

    The problem with mid-twenty percent growth is the comps that follow. The last big miss they had resulted in the stock falling below $100. That miss was then followed by a blow out the very next Q and turned the $100 shares into an excellent investment. The recent history of bounce backs is kind of a built in premium until proven otherwise. bbdott believes that the next Q will be a bounce. I have my doubts. Comps are a high hurdle, and competition is always tight. A new IPA, I doubt will move the needle.

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    40 Pages in the Proxy to "explain" Compensation

    by falconbird3 Feb 11, 2015 3:13 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Feb 21, 2015 6:19 PM Flag

    Given the valuation of Craft makers you would think the Grossman family would want to cash in. Have not heard a peep of an IPO.

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    Another way to play energy price recovery

    by value_00 Feb 5, 2015 11:07 AM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Feb 6, 2015 10:59 AM Flag

    Interesting idea but I didn't see it from the top 10 holdings as being weighted towards energy. Also while its packaged and convenient for us joe six packs to buy from they do take a nice slice from the top. if Fed policy finally shifts you can say goodbye to 7% yielding junk bond era which could be a real drag on total return.

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    Why growing dividends (from DCF) is a "BIG DEAL"

    by thewzrdaz Feb 5, 2015 7:35 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Feb 6, 2015 10:11 AM Flag

    Better yet can you find me the next Rich Kinder? Find me a guy who can build a $90 billion beast from a $40 mil base. I would like to get in early so my initial investment pays back 10 fold in annual dividends. And the 100 fold capital gain would be nice also...Find me THAT GUY!

    Sentiment: Buy

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    IS RRC ready to bounce?

    by boonenrgtrader Jan 6, 2015 12:05 AM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Jan 9, 2015 2:35 PM Flag

    Thinking along those lines maybe we see a Canadian tar sand producer to make a horizontal buy of a sizeable Marcellus/Utica producer? The house passed the Keystone pipeline. It seems that might be why COG is catching a bid. Either way more Marcellus will eventually be shipping north.

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    IS RRC ready to bounce?

    by boonenrgtrader Jan 6, 2015 12:05 AM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Jan 9, 2015 12:15 PM Flag

    Exxon is sitting like a king in front of a harem right now. If they have one problem it's that they have a lot to choose from. A triple A rating gives it around a 2.5% cost to borrow billions long term. They have billions of international cash, and billions in treasury stock. With these tools you have to think that they do some big M&A in this enviornment.

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    by argentuminvestor Dec 30, 2014 10:37 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Jan 1, 2015 12:24 PM Flag

    It's not nearly as dramatic as you want it to be. He will simply convert another 100k or so of B's into A's. Of the newly converted batch he will transfer some A's into his families trust funds, and then sell most of it into the open market for some cash. He has 3.8mil B's that are always freely convertible into A's. If he felt that this was wildly over priced he would be converting and selling at a rate of 1 mil per year, and bypass transfering to trust funds. Theoretically he could convert and sell all the way down to 100 B shares and still have control of the company. But he doesn't...I wonder why?

  • The escalating share price is likely because the publically available off premise data is strong.

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    Taxes on the Alaska land

    by frufjfjurjrf Dec 22, 2014 2:53 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 27, 2014 12:11 PM Flag

    Thanks to the well timed Rampart JV they actually escaped this on the plus side. Cash in was ($2.7mil) cash out was $3.4mil. They retained much of working interest over most of the acreage with some seismic data over some portion, but I agree it has no value at todays price.
    During the capital raising Rampart's management put together presentations on Alaska that now look like they belong in the museum of hype if there is one.

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    Here is what matters...

    by argentuminvestor Dec 18, 2014 1:03 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 20, 2014 5:31 PM Flag

    Get familiar with rule 10b5-1 to understand automatic sales vs. simply selling in the open market. The automatic sales are offset by exercising options a few times a year. This year all those automatic sales have been offset with exercising options of 380k after disposing 135k. His non-predetermined sales have totaled 123k this year (May, Aug, Nov)...This would equate to a 30 year liquidating pace. However, because of his options he's not liquidating at all...But no need to argue with me check the facts!

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    Here is what matters...

    by argentuminvestor Dec 18, 2014 1:03 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 20, 2014 1:58 PM Flag

    Or maybe Koch, the 64 year old founder, is selling some of that sweat equity for diversification/estate purposes. His B shares are readily converted to A shares which he sells. He has been selling on average 12,000 shares a month. With over 3.7mil shares, he's on a liquidation pace of 26 years!...I wouldn't call that a rush to get ahead of anyone.

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    Nice comments in Barron's

    by value_00 Dec 15, 2014 3:11 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 20, 2014 11:47 AM Flag

    It would be nice right now to take advantage of the market price. If they could raise a $1B in 5 year subordinated debt convertible at $100 per share for the sole purpose of buying stock today they could effectively take over 10% of the outstanding and put it in the treasury. In five years the notes would be converted into shares worth ~$200, that were bought at $60 and held in treasury. The winners of this maneuver would be the buyers of the convertible notes, and the long term stockholders benefiting from the cap-shrink. The losers would be those who sold an E&P stock that was priced at $1 Mcfe in reserves, and had an annual growth rate of 25%.

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    Oilman NFL Picks

    by juan_ton_amigo Dec 14, 2014 3:47 AM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 14, 2014 10:49 AM Flag

    Still like the Bills myself. The weather calls for 37 light drizzle and not much wind. With the weather being a non-factor the Pack will have a huge advantage at the QB position, as oilman pointed out. However, the Bills, who haven't made the playoffs in ages, are right in the mix for a spot and should be inspired to protect the home turf against the 10-3 Pack. Over the last few games the Pack have played teams that have tried to defend the pass "two deep safety"...this week the Bills, who lead the league in sacks, will likely focus on disrupting Rodgers behind the line of scrimmage.

  • fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 13, 2014 12:35 PM Flag

    You make it sound as if SD rolled the dice and hedged 10x of its production before the drop...The hedges are slightly offset by something called revenue.

  • fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 13, 2014 11:02 AM Flag

    They have a slide that shows debt adjusted reserves per share of 47Mcfe. This was based on year end 2013 reserves and share count. Assuming 20% reserve growth, slightly lower total debt, and over 165mil shares, the market is valuing Ranges' reserves at about $1 per Mcfe. At the base of $1 after the cost of lifting and tax's, and given liquids rich uplift the net-back has to be close to $2/Mcfe, A major or mid-major has an extremely low base to attempt an offer, and capture Ranges' vast resource base for next to nothing. I think an offer at the 52 week high ($95) could get a deal done.

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    OilMan NFL

    by juan_ton_amigo Dec 9, 2014 9:26 PM
    fastball.98mph fastball.98mph Dec 10, 2014 9:51 AM Flag

    What do you think of the Bills getting 5 at home vs. Pack-coming off a short week?

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