Efficiency and Acreage are the Key in Domestic E&P: Cameron Horwitz, Director of Exploration and Production at U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Interviews with The Wall Street Transcript

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67 WALL STREET, New York - July 2, 2013 - The Wall Street Transcript has just published its Oil & Gas Review 2013 Report offering a timely review of the sector to serious investors and industry executives. This special feature contains expert industry commentary through in-depth interviews with public company CEOs, Equity Analysts and Money Managers. The full issue is available by calling (212) 952-7433 or via The Wall Street Transcript Online.

Topics covered: Increasing Demand for Midstream Assets - U.S. Energy Infrastructure Build Out - Emerging Shale Plays - Oil and Gas Transportation Infrastructure Demand - Master Limited Partnerships Distribution Growth - Outlook for Natural Gas Liquids - Low Treasury Yields and MLP Dividends

Companies include: Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PXD), EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG), Cimarex Energy Co. (XEC), SandRidge Energy, Inc. (SD), Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (GDP), Gulfport Energy Corp. (GPOR) and many more.

In the following excerpt from the Oil & Gas Review 2013 Report, an expert analyst discusses the outlook for the sector for investors:

TWST: Where are you pointing investors now? What are some of your favorite stories?

Mr. Horwitz: I really try to place these things in different buckets and different opportunity sets. We talked about having scale, being able to drive efficiency, being able to improve your capital productivity, and those things are generally being seen in some of these larger-cap companies that have captured the core of these resource plays. We think one of the large-cap names that has not only captured the resource, but is demonstrating potential for capital efficiency accretion would be EOG (EOG), really driven by their core position in the Eagle Ford shale.

I think the core of the Eagle Ford shale is probably the most economic resource play in the country, and that's what is driving EOG. I think there's potential for further inventory upgrades as the company tests tighter well placing in the Eagle Ford. And I think on the margins and the ancillary activity, whether it be the Bakken or the Permian, EOG is starting to see some improvement from a productivity standpoint as well. We continue to like EOG. It's obviously a name that worked in 2012. The stock is trading at about five times our 2013 EBITDA estimate, so it's really not expensive. The historic average has been about 5.5 times and the industry median is at about six times.

The other name from a large-cap perspective that I think falls into that shale-scale category would be Pioneer. Again, they have 900,000 acres in the Permian, and the Permian seems to be the basin has the most upside, in our opinion, from a resource estimate perspective, given the multistack pay nature and various horizontal targets. We think the Permian basin and specifically the Midland horizontal Wolfcamp play is on the cusp of moving further north, where initial activity really kicked off. And as operators move north, which is where Pioneer is dominant, we think there are better rock properties, potential for better wells, higher estimated ultimate recoveries and ultimately better capital productivity. So we think that's really the story for 2013, as that play moves to the north. Pioneer is currently drilling their first horizontal well in Midland County, which I think will be a pretty big data point for that company. We continue to like that name.

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