Energy has taken a hit recently, but the outlook is looking better in the coming years. There are positive signals that are improving the future of the oil and gas sector, and the energy sector has made gains recently, rising 0.6%. Furthermore, oil prices are climbing once again, and the differential between Canadian and international oil prices are falling. If you can stomach some volatility, this could be a good position to hold longer term to get a healthy return.
⚡ Energy: Oil and Natural Gas
TransCanada Corp (TRP-T)
A major energy company out of Calgary that operates infrastructure in North America.They’ve increased dividends recently. It carries lower risk as a business since 95% of their revenues are regulated or from long-term contracts. The stock could go up greatly with the approval of the Keystone project, if it were to happen.
TRP vs. ENB Nothing wrong with it except the cancelling of Keystone. Still a fantastic business. Great assets. Fewer pipelines increases the value of those assets. Has underperformed. He owns ENB, with its better growth profile.
Husky Energy (HSE-T)
One of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies. It moves with oil prices. The stock has been experiencing higher highs and lows. Recently they stepped away from taking over MEG-T which surprised many investors. They have beat their earnings, and have an excellent balance sheet. For an energy stock, this is very defensive.
HSE-T + CVE-T: Stay after the merger? He does not own either one. He understands the merger makes sense. There are a lot of cost savings that can be found. He prefers CNQ-T, PXT-T and one of his Top Picks today. He prefers these to HSE-T. If the sector bounces back you could get an…
Imperial Oil (IMO-T)
Canada’s second-biggest integrated oil company. They are financially strong, and it could be a good time to get in, as their valuation has been reaching historic lows. Fundamentally, the company is very good, but concerns over the sector have beaten it down, making for an attractive buying opportunity.
(A Top Pick Jan 07/20, Down 17%) COVID-19 crushed this. It was trading at book value a year ago. He still likes it even though it has been painful. He is sticking with it.
Suncor Energy Inc (SU-T)
A company that specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands. They have a lot of growth potentially and are a low cost operator. They’ve been generating a lot of free cash flow. A premiere holding in Canadian energy.
Attractively valued, trading at around 12% free cashflow yield at $60 oil. Would go up to 17% at $70 oil. Big underperformance relative to CNQ. Good upside, even up to 50%. More than that at $70 oil. Sold to buy small cap oil companies. Preference for other names.
Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
An integrated oil company. They’re moving more oil by rail and the price is good. They have good exposure to WCS differentials, and the new CEO is repositioning the company. A good choice for those looking to get exposure in a large cap Canadian stock.
(A Top Pick Apr 03/20, Up 181%) Bought Husky and gained scale. Became more integrated. It did take away some leverage to rising oil price. Took on debt they are aggressively paying down. Only large cap he owns right now. Highest free cashflow leverage, at 9% free cashflow at $60. Doubles at $70 oil. Could…
Gibson Energy (GEI-T)
A supplier to the oil and gas industry. They are more of a pipeline company, with a refocusing on infrastructure. If oil continues to rise, this company will go up with it.
(A Top Pick Oct 24/19, Down 1%) They're more focussed on storage, which is more defensive in the midstream oil industry. In terms if share price, it's doing well vs. its midstream peers which are down 20-40%. Why? It's announced two new storage units and their earnings have exceeded guidance this year during the pandemic.…
Encana Corp (ECA-T)
A producer, transporter and marketer for natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. They represent the entire Canadian energy patch. They bought a U.S. company last year and a combination of successfully integrating this company, and a rise in oil prices will push this stock up. They are experiencing strong volume now.
Just beat earnings and have increased production. Cheap valuation compared to peers. But it's getting more expensive heading into 2021. There's no growth here, but that goes with the entire oil patch. The real issue is will they survive. Their balance sheet is getting better, but still high for a blue-chip name. You'll be saved…
Tourmaline Oil Corp (TOU-T)
An independent natural gas producer. They are considering adding to their dividends or to buy back stocks, as they look forward to having more cash flow. Their balance sheet is good, and they have good managers. They are moving more liquid natural gas and building facilities.
Billy Kawasaki’s Insights - Billy’s most-liked answers from 5i Research. The sector rally has paused though TOU is still up 39% this year. The stock remains attractive on most metrics and good growth is expected this year. Next year should see slower growth. Cash flow is good and dividend was raised a couple weeks ago. Unlock…
Canadian Natural Rsrcs (CNQ-T)
An oil and gas exploration, development and production company. They have great cash flow and they are expected to increase dividends next week. They are a flexible company that is well managed. They’v been focusing their operations on upgrading and refining oil in the last few years.
(A Top Pick Mar 04/20, Up 21%) He'll own this for a long time and will still buy it in the low-30s. They increased their dividend last year and for the last 30 years or so. Super management enduring in a tough environment. Managers focus on free cash flow.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK-N)
An American petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company. They’re shares rose by 10% yesterday as the company beat profits as they move towards oil and away from gas. They recently acquired another company and are expected to produce more crude oil in 2019.
Probably a name he would hold or avoid, simply because it is so highly levered. A good company. It has some good assets. If you see a sustained bull market in energy, this could be fairly attractive. However he doesn’t think we are going to have a bull market in energy right now, so this…
Continental Resources (CLR-N)
A U.S. shale producer. They expect oilfield service costs to remain low due to weaker oil prices, but if you are bull-is on oil, this could be a good contrarian play. Their shale field output hit a record during third quarter 2018, and are expected to continue rise as they complete more wells.
This was the poster child for the US growth machine. But now they are in one of the worst places. Cut cap X program and will likely have to cut it again. Prefers Canadian oil stocks. Thinks there will still be revisions to CLR-N’s cash flow.
Cabot Oil & Gas (COG-N)
An independent oil and gas company engaged in development, exploitation and exploration. Their natural gas pipeline in the states has been given another chance with approval from the courts. They’ announced a quarterly profit helped by natural gas prices and increased production.
(Top Pick March 10/14, Down 14.12%) They are a lower cost operator. He sold this a couple of months after recommending it. Their challenge has been that their industry has been wildly successful in getting production growth and now there is a severe shortage of pipelines in the region so the price they sell for…
Chevron Texaco (CVX-N)
They manage subsidiaries that engage in integrated energy and chemicals operations. They’ve been matching estimates in the recent quarters and are in the middle of receiving bids for assets in the British North Sea.
Energy seeing a surprise rally now. However, he sees oil's long-term prospects as grim. He would buy only two oil stocks, including Chevron, the top of class. It has held up surprisingly well during this pandemic and pays a safe dividend of 5.7%. The only problem is that this is up 35% in the past…
EOG Resources Inc (EOG-N)
A petroleum and natural gas exploration company. They are expecting to see a fourth quarter profit boost from oil and gas hedging. They are a shale oil producer that has weathered well the oil price drop. They topped profit estimates last year.
The unique thing is their cost profile -- it is very low compared to peers. The trouble for CVE is getting their production out of Canada. That is why he favours pipelines over producers. There is too much commodity price risk, so he would not be a buyer. You might want to consider EOG instead…
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI-N)
The largest energy infrastructure company in North America. Strong performance in its pipeline and terminal business helped their profits surge last quarter. They’re also working on building ports in Texas, as US oil export booms.
Dividend should be safe, as it was cut years back. Would much rather own a Canadian infrastructure player. US shale was growing great guns with funding that didn't acknowledge its risk. Production profile in Canada has been steadier.
Noble Energy Inc. (NBL-N)
An independent energy company in crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. They’ve lowered their capital expense in response to a drop in crude oil prices and are aiming to return over $500 million to shareholders by 2020.
This all depends on what oil prices are going to do. $50 oil kind of keeps them going, but the costs are much higher than they are getting at the end of the day.
Southwestern Energy (SWN-N)
An energy company in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. They sold their Fayetteville shale asset last year in a deal valued at about $1.87B.
Very bullish outlook on gas and this will give you great exposure to gas. Well run and a tremendous track record in production growth and reserve growth. Both shale gas and conventional gas exposure. Potential take-out candidate.
Exxon Mobil (XOM-N)
An American multinational oil and gas corporation. They recently found another giant gas reservoir in Cyprus. Their reserves are up 23% from US shale. They’vealso outperformed estimates for Q4.
Integrated company. Under-owned. Energy stocks have been the last to get some mojo. The XOP is still flirting with the downtrend line. If the rest of the commodities keep going, the energy stocks should participate. Pretty good, conservative way to be there. CLR and PXD also look good. Or buy the XOP, which reduces business…