Monday, November 08, 2010

Energy Stocks Research; Independents now play a vital role in supplying America’s energy and account for virtually all of the production from the Lower 48 states.

Energy Stocks Research; Independents now play a vital role in supplying America’s energy and account for virtually all of the production from the Lower 48 states.

Independents now play a vital role in supplying America’s energy - Lisa Springer, CFA, Equity research analyst

Point Roberts WA- November 8, 2010 ( Energy Newswire) –, an investor research portal specialized in sector investing, issues   energy  sector commentary from Lisa Springer, CFA,  equity research analyst and financial writer.
The report entitled,’ The Role of Independent Producers in America’s Energy Future’ includes
Energy Stocks: American Petro-Hunter, Inc. (OTC.BB: AAPH) , BP (NYSE:BP), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) , Chevron (NYSE:CVX), Chesapeake (NYSE:CHK), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Southwestern (NYSE:SWN).

Report Excerpt:

Lisa Springer, CFA

At present, the effort to secure America’s energy future is led by America’s independent oil and gas companies.   Independent producers don’t get the press coverage of the majors like BP (News, Quote), ExxonMobil (News, Quote) and Chevron (News, Quote), but nonetheless are responsible for getting most of America’s oil out of the ground. The majors have switched their exploration focus to offshore and foreign countries, leaving the independents to become increasingly involved in domestic oil and gas drilling. 

Independents now play a vital role in supplying America’s energy and account for virtually all of the production from the Lower 48 states.

Independent producers range in size from 1-2 man operations to multi-billion dollar public companies like Chesapeake (News, Quote), Devon Energy (News, Quote) and Southwestern (News, Quote). The average independent producer, according to the Independent Petroleum Association of America, has been in business 26 years, employs 11 full-time workers and generates gross revenues from oil and gas sales of just under $8 million.

The universe of independent producers includes a number of development stage exploration and production companies like American Petro-Hunter (OTCBB: AAPH). These companies are building reserves and developing production from properties that no longer fit the portfolios of the majors or large independents.  American Petro-Hunter and others are taking advantage of recent innovations in drilling technology to exploit sizable “home-grown” resources that can still be found in the Lower 48 states. 

Large numbers of undeveloped or partially developed properties are available for acquisition.  American Petro-Hunter is particularly focused on smaller, under-utilized fields that can be acquired via farm-ins and/or outright purchases. The Company also looks for properties close to existing infrastructure and gathering systems, currently producing or having produced in the past and showing strong potential for undeveloped reserves. American Petro-Hunter has acquired several projects meeting its criteria in Kansas, Oklahoma and California.

So far, this strategy has yielding tangible results. American Petro-Hunter (OTCBB: AAPH) is already generating revenues from its Poston Prospect in Kansas, which has been in production since mid-2009 and is cash flow positive with production from this field.  The Company’s goals over the next 1-3 years are to diversify its production and revenues by drilling multiple projects and to become a 500-1,000 BOE producer.  Longer-term, American Petro-Hunter aims to boost production above the 1,000 BOE level. At this level, the Company becomes attractive as a merger or acquisition candidate to a large player. American Petro-Hunter recently secured $1.5 million to fund near-term drilling activities, but will need to raise at least $3.5 million more to implement its longer-term plan.  

Lisa Springer was compensated for writing ( three hundred fifty)  this article and doesn't own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this article.

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