Cenovus Energy

CVE-T

TSE:CVE

12.11
0.15 (1.22%)
Cenovus Energy Inc. is an integrated oil company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Cenovus was formed on December 1, 2009 when Encana Corporation split into two distinct companies, with Cenovus becoming a focused integrated oil company.
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DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
September 17, 2018

It has been a tough energy call. He thought it was cheap enough after their acquisition and the stock got hammered, but the rally petered out. He got out. Cash flow is not really there. It is lining up as a short if he sees more weakness.

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
September 17, 2018

It has been a tough energy call. He thought it was cheap enough after their acquisition and the stock got hammered, but the rally petered out. He got out. Cash flow is not really there. It is lining up as a short if he sees more weakness.

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COMMENT
September 17, 2018

He sold it this year, because he was reducing his energy weighting. New managers have done well selling assets to reduce debt. Have also lowered costs. They don't have the refining capacity, so that's a problem. By 2020, the debt should be low enough to increase the dividend, though he had been expecting 2019.

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
September 17, 2018

He sold it this year, because he was reducing his energy weighting. New managers have done well selling assets to reduce debt. Have also lowered costs. They don't have the refining capacity, so that's a problem. By 2020, the debt should be low enough to increase the dividend, though he had been expecting 2019.

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DON'T BUY
September 7, 2018

The company has over $9 billion of debt against $19 billion of equity. He would stay away. Heavy oil differentials are problematic. Book value is $15 per share. He thinks the stock is susceptible to further selling pressure as oil prices are expected to drop below $60 soon on a seasonal basis.

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
September 7, 2018

The company has over $9 billion of debt against $19 billion of equity. He would stay away. Heavy oil differentials are problematic. Book value is $15 per share. He thinks the stock is susceptible to further selling pressure as oil prices are expected to drop below $60 soon on a seasonal basis.

BUY
BUY
August 17, 2018

It is down 15% in the past month, due to widening heavy oil differentials. With more rail capacity coming, it will support differentials near WTI less $23 – he is using $20 in his models. They are paying down debt and he thinks the worst is behind them. When stricter sulphur limits are imposed on marine fuels in 2020, he estimates this will have a $5 worsening impact on heavy differentials. However, he thinks this will ultimately lead to higher oil demand globally and higher oil prices.

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
August 17, 2018

It is down 15% in the past month, due to widening heavy oil differentials. With more rail capacity coming, it will support differentials near WTI less $23 – he is using $20 in his models. They are paying down debt and he thinks the worst is behind them. When stricter sulphur limits are imposed on marine fuels in 2020, he estimates this will have a $5 worsening impact on heavy differentials. However, he thinks this will ultimately lead to higher oil demand globally and higher oil prices.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
August 17, 2018

Turnaround in progress. Integrating cost-cutting. New management has right-sized the ship. Risk is high exposure to WCS Canadian discount. But if oil prices continue to move higher, cash flow will benefit, they’ll pay down debt, and be in a good position going forward. Share pullback has created a good entry level. Yield is 1.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $17.08.)

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
August 17, 2018

Turnaround in progress. Integrating cost-cutting. New management has right-sized the ship. Risk is high exposure to WCS Canadian discount. But if oil prices continue to move higher, cash flow will benefit, they’ll pay down debt, and be in a good position going forward. Share pullback has created a good entry level. Yield is 1.7%. (Analysts’ price target is $17.08.)

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July 23, 2018

Seasonal from Feb.25-May 9 where it had a good run; and starting July 27. Seeing flatlining now. Wait a bit.

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Seasonal from Feb.25-May 9 where it had a good run; and starting July 27. Seeing flatlining now. Wait a bit.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
July 16, 2018

He does not have kind thoughts on it. It is cheap relative to good will. The debt is 50.4%, not overwhelming, but it is rising. He thinks they need to decide if they are just a thermal oil player or conventional. You can't be both. Sty away.

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He does not have kind thoughts on it. It is cheap relative to good will. The debt is 50.4%, not overwhelming, but it is rising. He thinks they need to decide if they are just a thermal oil player or conventional. You can't be both. Sty away.

COMMENT
COMMENT
June 28, 2018

He likes the sector. Heavy oil play can make some sense. The balance sheet is worse than most players in the sector. Growth is lower than competitors. He has a bias towards the entire sector. A rising tide might lift all boats.

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He likes the sector. Heavy oil play can make some sense. The balance sheet is worse than most players in the sector. Growth is lower than competitors. He has a bias towards the entire sector. A rising tide might lift all boats.

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COMMENT
June 11, 2018

Large caps will underperform the mid-caps. This one is different because of the high leverage to oil. As a large cap liquid name if you are bullish in oil ($65 or higher), okay but otherwise look at WCP-T.

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Large caps will underperform the mid-caps. This one is different because of the high leverage to oil. As a large cap liquid name if you are bullish in oil ($65 or higher), okay but otherwise look at WCP-T.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
June 1, 2018

He's added to his position. The market didn't like them buying Conoco's assets (overpaid); they took on a lot debt. But the new CEO has done well cutting costs. They've been hit by the WCS differential. This has a lot of room to move higher, levered to a higher oil price. De-leveraging will happen quickly with rising oil prices. This week's oil pullback is a buying opportunity. (Analysts' price target: $16.27)

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He's added to his position. The market didn't like them buying Conoco's assets (overpaid); they took on a lot debt. But the new CEO has done well cutting costs. They've been hit by the WCS differential. This has a lot of room to move higher, levered to a higher oil price. De-leveraging will happen quickly with rising oil prices. This week's oil pullback is a buying opportunity. (Analysts' price target: $16.27)

BUY
BUY
May 11, 2018

Had there been 4 top picks this would have been the fourth. He really likes it. They bought Conoco assets last year. The street didn’t like the deal and lost confidence in Management. They have new Management now with a new CEO that is on the path of right-sizing the company and its balance sheet. It is looking really well now, particularly if we go to a 80 – 90 dollars barrel of oil.

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Had there been 4 top picks this would have been the fourth. He really likes it. They bought Conoco assets last year. The street didn’t like the deal and lost confidence in Management. They have new Management now with a new CEO that is on the path of right-sizing the company and its balance sheet. It is looking really well now, particularly if we go to a 80 – 90 dollars barrel of oil.

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PAST TOP PICK
May 7, 2018

(Past Top Pick on Oct. 3, 2017, Up 10%) Oil prices are up and he's positive energy. With a new CEO, he likes their new direction. He's been with this since its bottom (he averaged down). Has great long-term assets. But they've enjoyed a great run for the past six months so he may exit.

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(Past Top Pick on Oct. 3, 2017, Up 10%) Oil prices are up and he's positive energy. With a new CEO, he likes their new direction. He's been with this since its bottom (he averaged down). Has great long-term assets. But they've enjoyed a great run for the past six months so he may exit.

BUY
BUY
May 3, 2018

The story is turning around here. He is modeling 55% cash flow growth 2018 to 2019. Trades at 5 times 2019 cash flow which is reasonable. The problem here is their balance sheet is 3.5 times debt to cash flow. This will come down if oil prices stay at these levels. A name you can own if you like oil.

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The story is turning around here. He is modeling 55% cash flow growth 2018 to 2019. Trades at 5 times 2019 cash flow which is reasonable. The problem here is their balance sheet is 3.5 times debt to cash flow. This will come down if oil prices stay at these levels. A name you can own if you like oil.

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COMMENT
May 1, 2018

Their Q1 production was 488,000 boe/day because of all their acquisitions but they reported losses from their hedge book. Their operating margin was $157 million cash versus $305 a year before, but they spent $522 million. The company has $9.8 billion of debt, up from 9.5 billion at the end of December. They have about a half billion dollars of assets for sale. They have $19.4 billion of equity. Book value (ex goodwill) is about $13.92, which is higher than the stock price. The dividend is about 5 cents per quarter. They have a new CEO. It is not clear where their growth will be. Schachter thinks they should focus on their thermal operations and get rid of their conventional-world assets. He is concerned about the balance sheet. The debt to equity ratio looks tolerable. He compared it to Whiting Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and WPX Energy, all well-known American energy companies that are treated as very exciting but have much worse balance sheets. He sees the Canadian energy companies as value stories compared to the American ones. The bargains are in Canada.

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Their Q1 production was 488,000 boe/day because of all their acquisitions but they reported losses from their hedge book. Their operating margin was $157 million cash versus $305 a year before, but they spent $522 million. The company has $9.8 billion of debt, up from 9.5 billion at the end of December. They have about a half billion dollars of assets for sale. They have $19.4 billion of equity. Book value (ex goodwill) is about $13.92, which is higher than the stock price. The dividend is about 5 cents per quarter. They have a new CEO. It is not clear where their growth will be. Schachter thinks they should focus on their thermal operations and get rid of their conventional-world assets. He is concerned about the balance sheet. The debt to equity ratio looks tolerable. He compared it to Whiting Petroleum, Chesapeake Energy and WPX Energy, all well-known American energy companies that are treated as very exciting but have much worse balance sheets. He sees the Canadian energy companies as value stories compared to the American ones. The bargains are in Canada.

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TOP PICK
April 13, 2018

He expects the heavy oil differential to have recovered in a year’s time. Yield %. (Analysts’ price target is $ )

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Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
April 13, 2018

He expects the heavy oil differential to have recovered in a year’s time. Yield %. (Analysts’ price target is $ )

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