Athabasca Oil Sands Corp

ATH-T

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Athabasca Oil Corporation is a Canadian energy company with a focused strategy on the development of thermal and light oil assets.
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May 4, 2018

His go to name for when WTI returns to $80 next year. Even at today’s high stock price, this could still go to $5 per share. They have reduced their leverage and could become debt-free in the near future. Yield 0%. (Analysts’ price target is $1.85 )

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His go to name for when WTI returns to $80 next year. Even at today’s high stock price, this could still go to $5 per share. They have reduced their leverage and could become debt-free in the near future. Yield 0%. (Analysts’ price target is $1.85 )

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April 17, 2018

There is a concern that they have too much debt. However, they have been reducing it and are now down to 275 million debt, which is about 2x cash flow. They could be debt free in the next 3-to-4 months because they are going to be monetizing some of their infrastructure assets. This offers the highest leverage to a change in oil price. This is where money will flow when there is a change in sentiment. They have 55% exposure to light oil, a long reserve life, with a clean balance sheet. (Analysts’ price target is 1.70$)

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There is a concern that they have too much debt. However, they have been reducing it and are now down to 275 million debt, which is about 2x cash flow. They could be debt free in the next 3-to-4 months because they are going to be monetizing some of their infrastructure assets. This offers the highest leverage to a change in oil price. This is where money will flow when there is a change in sentiment. They have 55% exposure to light oil, a long reserve life, with a clean balance sheet. (Analysts’ price target is 1.70$)

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COMMENT
February 8, 2018

The company hit the marketplace with a flurry of deals 10 years ago. For the most part, hey executed on those deals. More like a macro call on oil.

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The company hit the marketplace with a flurry of deals 10 years ago. For the most part, hey executed on those deals. More like a macro call on oil.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
January 5, 2018

He would be concerned, not because of the oil price, but because of oil differentials. Historically the “heavy oil” differential was about $15. This company is not integrated, so doesn't have refinery capabilities, so are exposed to a raw bitumen price. Canada is out of pipe, and as a result has to ship barrels by rail. There’ve been some challenges for rail companies to scale up, and at the same time oil is now competing with grains and products to get rail capacity. The differential should settle at about $20 in the next month, but looming ahead of us is a change from the International Maritime Association, where they have mandated all ships globally to not be able to burn fuel with a sulphur content in excess of 0.5% or 1.5%. In Canada, the average is closer to 4.5%, so demand for Canadian heavy could be reduced, or the differential will need to maintain a wider than historical average, to compensate refiners from having to add additional complexity.

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He would be concerned, not because of the oil price, but because of oil differentials. Historically the “heavy oil” differential was about $15. This company is not integrated, so doesn't have refinery capabilities, so are exposed to a raw bitumen price. Canada is out of pipe, and as a result has to ship barrels by rail. There’ve been some challenges for rail companies to scale up, and at the same time oil is now competing with grains and products to get rail capacity. The differential should settle at about $20 in the next month, but looming ahead of us is a change from the International Maritime Association, where they have mandated all ships globally to not be able to burn fuel with a sulphur content in excess of 0.5% or 1.5%. In Canada, the average is closer to 4.5%, so demand for Canadian heavy could be reduced, or the differential will need to maintain a wider than historical average, to compensate refiners from having to add additional complexity.

HOLD
HOLD
January 2, 2018

A "wait and see" story. It has done very, very little in the last 2.5 years. If you own this and you believe in the energy sector, he would continue to hold. It will probably be at the same price next year.

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A "wait and see" story. It has done very, very little in the last 2.5 years. If you own this and you believe in the energy sector, he would continue to hold. It will probably be at the same price next year.

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COMMENT
November 15, 2017

A heavy oil producer, primarily in the oil sands. Their leverage to the oil price is higher than others. It’s one of the high beta names that people typically trade around, as opposed to investing in.

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A heavy oil producer, primarily in the oil sands. Their leverage to the oil price is higher than others. It’s one of the high beta names that people typically trade around, as opposed to investing in.

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July 19, 2017

If you want to be in Canada, and want a very small cap and uber leverage to the oil price, this is a pretty good pick. They did a royalty deal on their oil sands project, which was nothing short of genius. Payments don’t start until oil exceed something like $70-$75. Their total cash/cost break-evens are around $44. If you are a believer in $65-$70 oil, this stock could really, really work. If you are a believer that we are stuck in a $50-$60 range for the next year, there are better areas to be in.

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If you want to be in Canada, and want a very small cap and uber leverage to the oil price, this is a pretty good pick. They did a royalty deal on their oil sands project, which was nothing short of genius. Payments don’t start until oil exceed something like $70-$75. Their total cash/cost break-evens are around $44. If you are a believer in $65-$70 oil, this stock could really, really work. If you are a believer that we are stuck in a $50-$60 range for the next year, there are better areas to be in.

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BUY
March 23, 2017

One of the best beta picks you can select in Canada today. They have a high quality asset. They have an increase in free cash flow, which they can now deploy. They have extraordinary leverage to an increase in oil price. It is probably not the best investment unless you believe in oil higher than $50. It could double if you are bullish on oil.

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One of the best beta picks you can select in Canada today. They have a high quality asset. They have an increase in free cash flow, which they can now deploy. They have extraordinary leverage to an increase in oil price. It is probably not the best investment unless you believe in oil higher than $50. It could double if you are bullish on oil.

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BUY
February 10, 2017

About 10 years ago, they had a number of oil sand leases they sold off to Japanese partners. As they developed those, they collected the money and bought other assets and started drilling them. Recently bought a big oil sands operating project off of Statoil (STO-N). A good asset at a bargain price. The stock is fairly cheap. You could buy this one here and just hold onto it.

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About 10 years ago, they had a number of oil sand leases they sold off to Japanese partners. As they developed those, they collected the money and bought other assets and started drilling them. Recently bought a big oil sands operating project off of Statoil (STO-N). A good asset at a bargain price. The stock is fairly cheap. You could buy this one here and just hold onto it.

HOLD
HOLD
December 6, 2016

(Market Call Minute.) Keeping an eye on this because they’ve had a changeover of management and board. They seem to be doing the right things, but just not quite there yet for him.

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(Market Call Minute.) Keeping an eye on this because they’ve had a changeover of management and board. They seem to be doing the right things, but just not quite there yet for him.

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September 16, 2016

An interesting one, and she is warming up to the story. It has lots of opportunities in terms of a shale play called the Duvernay. They are trying to maintain cash flow with a SAGD heavy oil project that they are doing quite well with. Thinks there is a future with this company. If oil prices go to $32, this will be hit because it is a heavy oil story.

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An interesting one, and she is warming up to the story. It has lots of opportunities in terms of a shale play called the Duvernay. They are trying to maintain cash flow with a SAGD heavy oil project that they are doing quite well with. Thinks there is a future with this company. If oil prices go to $32, this will be hit because it is a heavy oil story.

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August 2, 2016

Usually, in resources, if you have a lot of land or a lot of cash, time is your friend. This is the only one in Canada that had a lot of land and a lot of cash, and time was their enemy. What they had promised to investors was taking their conventional oil sands business, using the excess cash it had generated, and investing in a bunch of unconventional opportunities. What they ran out of was time and money.

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Usually, in resources, if you have a lot of land or a lot of cash, time is your friend. This is the only one in Canada that had a lot of land and a lot of cash, and time was their enemy. What they had promised to investors was taking their conventional oil sands business, using the excess cash it had generated, and investing in a bunch of unconventional opportunities. What they ran out of was time and money.

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DON'T BUY
July 29, 2016

Not a name he would own. They did a highly admirable job of deleveraging and doing a streaming deal on their oil. Everyone knows the catalysts that have come and gone and now no one cares. Everyone knows it is cheap and yet nothing is happening. He would look to others.

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Not a name he would own. They did a highly admirable job of deleveraging and doing a streaming deal on their oil. Everyone knows the catalysts that have come and gone and now no one cares. Everyone knows it is cheap and yet nothing is happening. He would look to others.

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May 31, 2016

Has a joint venture with Murphy Oil, where they are basically being carried for the next few years on a Duvernay play. They also have their thermal project, which will be pretty steady and generate a nominal amount of cash flow. Has a much healthier balance sheet now, and expects they will look for other opportunities while Murphy is busy drilling out this project.

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Has a joint venture with Murphy Oil, where they are basically being carried for the next few years on a Duvernay play. They also have their thermal project, which will be pretty steady and generate a nominal amount of cash flow. Has a much healthier balance sheet now, and expects they will look for other opportunities while Murphy is busy drilling out this project.

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April 25, 2016

7.5% bond maturing Nov 19/17. Probably one of the only exploration/production companies on the continent that is in a net cash position. It will have about $900 million in cash when they do the Murphy Oil joint venture, and have about $800 million of debt. The bond is worth $550 million. More senior to it is a bank debt of about $250 million. The $250 million debt matures after the bond in 2019, which is not a position that bankers usually like. The loan has a “springing” maturity, which means if any of the bonds are outstanding 6 months before they are due, the bank debt becomes due immediately. The company likes the bank debt which has a very attractive terms. Thinks the company is going to do a combination of paying down all this bond and maybe refinance with the new bond for $150 million.

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7.5% bond maturing Nov 19/17. Probably one of the only exploration/production companies on the continent that is in a net cash position. It will have about $900 million in cash when they do the Murphy Oil joint venture, and have about $800 million of debt. The bond is worth $550 million. More senior to it is a bank debt of about $250 million. The $250 million debt matures after the bond in 2019, which is not a position that bankers usually like. The loan has a “springing” maturity, which means if any of the bonds are outstanding 6 months before they are due, the bank debt becomes due immediately. The company likes the bank debt which has a very attractive terms. Thinks the company is going to do a combination of paying down all this bond and maybe refinance with the new bond for $150 million.

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