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The oil price collapse is forcing potential buyers of oil and gas fields to try and renegotiate deals or otherwise abandon them entirely
Last week I wrote that this was the end of the Warren Buffett era as Berkshire (BRK)(BRK) underperformed the S&P 500 (SPX) over the entire 2009-2020 bear market. Many Buffett fans responded by saying don’t count Buffett out yet because when (not if) the market tanks again, he’ll have more than $130 billion in cash to scoop up bargains. Based on Berkshire’s SEC filings, three of Buffett’s biggest recent investments—Kraft Heinz (KHC) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) , and airline stocks—have lost at least $7 billion altogether out of an investment of roughly $10 billion in each.
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Occidental Petroleum's (NYSE: OXY) deal to sell its assets in Ghana to French oil giant Total (NYSE: TOT) has unraveled. Total called off the planned transaction after it wasn't able to acquire Occidental's assets in Algeria, which was a condition of the deal. Occidental initially planned to flip its entire African portfolio to Total following its acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum for $8.8 billion.
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Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Monday it informed Total S.A. that it would not be in position to sell its Anadarko assets in Algeria, as part of an understanding with Algerian authorities on the transfer of Anadarko's interests to Occidental. The energy company had completed its acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in August 2019. Also in August, Occidental and Total had entered into a an agreement for Total to buy Anadarko's assets in Africa. Separately, Occidental said it was informed by Total that Total was not interested in buying Anadarko's interests in Ghana "in the current circumstances." Occidental said the company's have entered into an agreement in which Occidental can start marketing its Ghana assets to third parties. Occidental's stock shot up 6.5% in premarket trading on Total shares surged 8.2%. Over the past three months through Friday, Occidental's stock has tumbled 66.8%, Total shares have shed 32.1% and the S&P 500 has lost 15.0%.
U.S. stock indexes were set to open sharply higher on Monday on optimism fueled by encouraging data from a potential COVID-19 vaccine trial, with investors also counting on more stimulus to rescue the economy from a deep economic slump. Drugmaker Moderna Inc said its experimental vaccine for COVID-19 showed promising results in an early stage study. Markets were also encouraged by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's remarks over the weekend on a gradual economic recovery, and his affirmation that more monetary stimulus was on the way if required.
U.S. stock index futures surged on Monday with gains spread across stocks ranging from autos to oil as many of the hard-hit countries eased restrictions on business and social activities, boosting hopes of a global economic recovery. Oil and gas heavyweights Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Occidental Petroleum Corp rose between 2.5% and 5% after oil prices surged on the prospect of higher demand. Investors were also encouraged by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's views on a recovery and hints on more monetary stimulus if required.
Investing guru Carl Icahn has initiated a position in Delek US Holdings (DK), a 13F SEC filing confirms. The 84-year old snapped up 10.5 million DK shares, with a value of $166,000, during the 3-months ended 2020Q1. In March, Icahn revealed a 14.8% stake in Delek, leading the company to adopt a shareholder rights plan.“We have no choice but to take action to prevent a creeping change of control without a premium and on terms that would not deliver sufficient value for all shareholders,” Delek stated at the time.As well as Delek, Icahn also boosted his position in Occidental Petroleum (OXY) by 66 million shares (or 293%), Welbilt (WBT) by 2 million, Newell Brands (NWL) by 2.5 million, the beleaguered car rental company Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) by 11 million, and Cheniere Energy (LNG) by 0.5 million. At the time of the filing, his total portfolio of 19 stocks was worth $18 billion.Occidental Petroleum is Icahn’s fifth biggest portfolio holding with a total of 88.6 million shares, making up 5.70% of the total portfolio. “While the stock remains somewhat of an option value given massive debt, we believe shares would react positively if all debt is pushed out beyond five years,” SunTrust analyst Neal Dingmann commented recently, as he upgraded the stock from Sell to Hold with a $13 price target.Aside from OXY, Icahn’s number one stock remains Icahn Enterprises, with CVR Energy (CVI) in second place- and Icahn has already stated that Delek “could present an excellent synergistic acquisition opportunity” for CVI.Delek recently announced that it closed the sale of the Bakersfield refinery for $40 million in cash. With the sale, DK expects to eliminate $14 million in annual operating expense and eliminate certain environmental obligations and asset retirement liability reserves on the balance sheet.“We think this is positive for DK, as we expect most (like us) ascribed zero value to the Bakersfield asset. This represents “found money” of more than $0.50 per share, and while there might be some tax leakage, opex savings would increase that figure” cheered RBC Capital Brad Heffern on May 7.Nonetheless he reiterated his Hold rating on the stock with a $16 price target, explaining that “DK does have some sum-of-the-parts upside, but we see the company potentially struggling to unlock this.” Shares in Delek have plummeted 47% on a year-to-date basis, and the stock shows a Hold analyst consensus.In the last three months the stock has received 8 hold ratings vs just 1 buy and 3 sells. The $20 average analyst price target indicates 15% upside potential lies ahead. (See Delek stock analysis on TipRanks).Related News: Hertz Reveals Weak Q1 Earnings; ‘Going Concern’ Update Uber Announces $750M Notes Offering, As GrubHub Takeover Reports Swirl Zoom’s Expansion Plans Feature Two New R&D Centers, Hiring Hundreds More recent articles from Smarter Analyst: * IBM Is Said To Make Far-Reaching Job Cuts Across The U.S. * Twilio To Power New York’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative; Shares Jump 7.5% * NBA In Talks With Disney To Reopen Season At Disney World In July * GM Delays Some Production Shifts At 3 U.S. Truck Plants - Report
When it comes to investing, Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) is unquestionably the greatest who ever lived, posting an extraordinary record over more than five decades. From 1965 through 2018, Berkshire racked up a 20.5% compound annual return, more than double that of the S&P 500 (SPX) including dividends. Buffett also is a beloved multibillionaire in an age when the superrich are vilified.
Occidental Petroleum's (NYSE: OXY) ambitious plan to pay off the debt it took on to acquire Anadarko Petroleum has encountered many obstacles. Not only has it been unable to close some asset sales, but plummeting crude oil prices took asset values with them, which will make it impossible to achieve the company's target. Occidental Petroleum initially anticipated that it could net $15 billion from selling assets following the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum.
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(Bloomberg) -- As it headed toward bankruptcy, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. took advantage of a little-noticed provision in the stimulus bill Congress passed in March to get a $9.7 million tax refund. Then, it asked a bankruptcy judge to authorize the same amount as bonuses to nine executives.The rig operator is one of dozens of oil companies and contractors now claiming hundreds of millions of dollars in tax rebates. They are employing a provision of the $2.2 trillion stimulus law, called the CARES act, that gives them more latitude to deduct recent losses.“This is a stealth bailout for the oil and gas industry,” said Jesse Coleman, a senior researcher with Documented, a watchdog group tracking the tax claims. It’s geared to companies “that have been losing money over the last few years -- and now they get that money back as a check from the taxpayers. That’s exactly what the oil industry has been doing.”The change wasn’t aimed only at the oil industry. However, its structure uniquely benefits energy companies that were raking in record profits in 2018 as crude prices reached $76.41 per barrel, only to see their fortunes flip a year later.More than $1.9 billion in CARES Act tax benefits are being claimed by at least 37 oil companies, service firms and contractors, according to a Bloomberg News review of recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides Diamond Offshore, which declined to comment, recipients include oil producer Occidental Petroleum Corp. and refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp.Other oil companies say they didn’t lobby Congress for the change, which is widely available across all industries. “We did not request any benefit, but we are obligated to follow the tax laws as passed by Congress, which apply to all corporate manufacturers nationwide,” said Jamal Kheiry, a spokesman for Marathon, which got a $411 million benefit.Congress embedded the tax change governing losses in the stimulus measure early on, as lawmakers moved rapidly in March to steer trillions of dollars in aid to coronavirus-ravaged workers and companies. Alongside expanded unemployment payments and payroll loan programs, lawmakers saw an opportunity to harness the tax code to help get cash flowing to companies struggling to pay rent, workers and insurance.It “was sold as help for the little guy -- help for small business,” said Steve Rosenthal, a senior fellow with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “In the name of ‘small business,’ we’re shoveling out billions of dollars to big corporations and rich guys.”The provision loosened rules governing how businesses deduct net operating losses -- incurred when deductible expenses exceed gross income. For years, companies were able to apply those net operating loss deductions to previous tax returns as well as going forward -- but Congress ruled out retroactive relief as part of the 2017 tax cut law.That new forward-focused approach works well when the economy is expanding, but the promise of using today’s losses as tomorrow’s deductions isn’t much help to coronavirus-battered companies with no guarantee they will survive long enough to claim them. So in the stimulus package, Congress gave businesses the chance to carry back all their losses -- and claim immediate tax refunds -- or five years from 2018, 2019 and 2020.“The thought was temporarily we should bring them back so that firms that are seeing significant losses in the next year or over the past year or two can carry those back and get some short-term liquidity,” said Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, a non-profit that supports pro-growth tax policies.Traditionally, the ability to deduct net operating losses is meant to ensure companies get fair tax treatment even amid volatility, Watson said -- a plus for the notoriously boom-and-bust oil industry. “You are going to see the biggest benefits for firms like oil and gas that are seeing volatile profits -- and now, of course, extreme losses,” he said.The combination of big losses now and the congressional tax changes mean it may be years before some oil companies have to pay corporate income taxes at all.“We’re going to have some large losses this year,” ConocoPhillips Executive Vice President Don Wallette said in an April 30 earnings call. The company is in “a zero-tax-paying position in the U.S. and expect to remain there for quite some time,” Wallette said.There’s no limit on how the new refunds can be used -- and even bankrupt firms can get them.Consider Diamond Offshore. Once one of the world’s largest drilling rig contractors, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 26 after crude prices plunged along with demand for its high-tech drillships.In a first quarter filing, Diamond, which is majority owned by Loews Corp., said it had recognized a tax benefit of $9.7 million as a result of the carryback change. In an emergency motion filed with a federal bankruptcy court May 1, the company asked for the freedom to dole out $16.7 million in cash incentives to 85 of its 2,300 full-time employees, including as much as $9.7 million for nine senior executives.The company said at the time that deteriorating market conditions and the collapse of Diamond’s stock had made its existing equity-based bonus program “largely worthless.” The tax filing did not specify how the $9.7 million would be used.Dozens of other oil businesses have reported reaping the benefits, including $55 million for Denver-based Antero Midstream Corp., $41.2 million for supplier Oil States International Inc. and $96 million for Oklahoma-based producer Devon Energy Corp.Occidental Petroleum, which enlisted its employees to ask Congress to “provide liquidity to the energy industry,” said it now anticipates a cash refund of about $195 million as a result of the carryback provision and a separate change in the stimulus bill that allows the immediate refund of unused alternative minimum tax credits. An Occidental spokesperson declined to comment.Millions in RefundsNational Oilwell Varco Inc., a manufacturer of oil and gas equipment, expects a $123 million refund by carrying back its 2019 losses and applying them to its 2014 tax filing.San Antonio-based refiner Valero Energy Corp. recognized an extra $110 million by carrying back losses to 2015 -- when the corporate tax rate was 35% instead of the current 21%.Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas said that is tied to tax losses generated in the first quarter, since the company did not generate a net operating loss for federal income tax purposes in 2018 or 2019. And she said the actual refund will be dependent “not only on the company’s performance for the remainder of the year, but also on the impact” of other tax provisions.The benefits are “turbo-charged,” said Rosenthal, with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. That’s because businesses can carry back losses to offset income at a higher corporate tax rate of 35%, before the 2017 tax cut law lowered it 14 points. “Getting those losses at 35% is very, very favorable -- especially in 2020 when the losses are going to be devastatingly large.”The filings themselves reveal only part of the picture. Private companies are able to generate tax refunds too -- without disclosing it to the SEC. And while some public companies said they benefited from the tax break, they didn’t reveal by how much.For instance, refiner Phillips 66 boasted an effective income tax rate of just 2% for the first quarter -- well below the federal statutory income tax rate of 21% -- partly because of the carryback. But the company did not specify the amount of its expected refund.Dennis Nuss, a spokesman for Phillips 66, declined to comment when reached by phone Thursday. Representatives for Oil States, National Oilwell Varco, Antero and Devon didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.The importance of the provision hasn’t been lost on President Donald Trump’s administration. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette recommended oil companies consider taking advantage of the expanded deduction in an April 21 interview with Bloomberg TV, calling it one of several “important liquidity tools that are going to help the industry.”Congressional tax analysts initially estimated that the expanded loss carryback provision would cost $25 billion over 10 years -- just when used by corporations. Now, some are questioning whether the final pricetag could be much higher, and Democrats are seeking to limit the value of the tax break after raising concerns it overwhelmingly helps corporations and the wealthy.In a new stimulus bill advanced Tuesday, House Democrats proposed scaling back the provision so companies could only apply losses back to 2018. Their plan also would prevent companies with “excessive” executive compensation or stock buybacks from claiming the tax break -- a change that would be retroactive back to March.Rosenthal stressed that it was logical for Congress to help businesses that were profitable before the pandemic. “But the CARES Act goes too far, tilting its benefits overwhelmingly to the wealthiest Americans,” he said in an essay. “I think Congress did not know the extent of what it was doing.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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Oil prices reversed lower on macroeconomic fears but U.S. crude inventories declined for the first time since January, easing pressure on storage capacity.