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Oasis Petroleum Files For Bankruptcy; Stock Sinks 14%

support@smarteranalyst.com (Ben Mahaney)
·2 mins read

Shares of Oasis Petroleum are down another 14% in Thursday's pre-market trading after plunging 31.6% yesterday, as the company filed for Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. As part of the the bankruptcy proceedings, Oasis is working on a plan with creditors to reduce its debt by $1.8 billion and strengthen its balance sheet. The energy company expects to emerge from bankruptcy in November, subject to court approval.

Oasis (OAS) said that it “has received a commitment for $450 million in debtor-in-possession financing from its existing lenders,” which is expected to provide sufficient liquidity to maintain operations. The company will have about $340 million of borrowings under its credit facility.

The company said “In light of a volatile market environment that drove a severe downturn in oil and gas prices, as well as the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oasis Petroleum engaged with its lenders and an ad hoc committee of noteholders regarding restructuring alternatives to reduce debt, increase financial flexibility and position the business for long-term success.” (See OAS stock analysis on TipRanks)

On Aug. 6, MKM Partners analyst John Gerdes downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy and maintained a price target of $1 (257.1% upside potential), citing “increasingly uncertain” viability of the company's capital structure.

Currently, the Street has a cautiously bearish outlook on the stock. The Moderate Sell analyst consensus is based on 3 Sells and 2 Holds. With shares down about 91.4% year-to-date, the average price target of $0.56 implies upside potential of about 100% to current levels.

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