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SeekingAlpha  Aug 25  Comment 
By David White: It used to be that Continental Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLR) was the biggest producer in the Bakken. Not long ago Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:WLL) decided to buy out Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. (NYSE:KOG). This buyout is expected to close...
SeekingAlpha  Aug 21  Comment 
By Detroit Bear: While shares of Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) had more immediate upside after my last update, the trend reversed itself after WTI and Brent prices tumbled downward. Continental didn't help its case after it posted pretty weak...
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Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) Q2 2014 Earnings Call August 06, 2014 12:00 pm ET Executives John Kilgallon - Vice President of Investor Relations Harold G. Hamm - Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of Finance...
Wall Street Journal  Aug 6  Comment 
Bakken Shale oil producer Continental Resources said second-quarter earnings fell nearly 68% from a year earlier as higher operating costs masked an increase in revenue and oil production.
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Continental Resources Inc. NYSE CLR announce second quarter 2014 operating and financial results. Net income for the quarter ended June 30 2014 was 104 million or0.56 per diluted share. Exclud
Reuters  Aug 4  Comment 
A judge presiding over the divorce case of Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm closed the courtroom to the public on Monday, the trial's opening day, saying he feared that private business information to be discussed at trial would harm Hamm's...
Wall Street Journal  Aug 3  Comment 
Continental Resources says it wants to pay state taxes and make royalty payments on natural gas it improperly burned off at dozens of North Dakota wells in recent years. Some mineral-rights owners aren't satisfied.
Reuters  Aug 3  Comment 
For years, Continental Resources, the largest oil driller in the booming Bakken Shale formation, touted the hard work of its CEO and founder, Oklahoma billionaire Harold Hamm, as "a driving force" behind the company's success.




 

Continental Resources had its initial public offering in May of 2007 and its stock price has more than tripled since then. Continental's engineers have been using high-end extraction techniques for nearly a decade, giving them an established knowledge of the intricacies of technologies like horizontal drilling - a boon in a market where record-high oil prices have made such expensive techniques cost-efficient. The majority of its reserves - around 77% - are filled with oil[1], giving the company more exposure to oil prices than to natural gas prices, which have also trended upwards, but to a much lesser degree. These reserves, located primarily in the Rocky Mountains, are also mostly unconventional, meaning they can produce well but are dependent on high-cost drilling techniques - risky to hold in the event that oil prices drop, as the company's margins, which have been over 50% for the last three years, would collapse. Continental competes with other onshore E&P companies like Cabot Oil & Gas, XTO Energy, Unit, Forest Oil, Equitable Resources, and Cimarex Energy Co.

Business Overview

Continental Resources has been an independent oil and gas exploration company ince 1967, though the company only went public in May of 2007. It has reserves totaling 134.6 MMBoe, 77% of which are filled with oil (the rest with natural gas). 82% are located in the Rocky Mountains, and the rest are distributed between the Woodford Shale and other mid-continent and Gulf Coast fields.

Continental's reserves are concentrated in regions that have seen little attention from larger, publicly-traded companies because of the high cost of developing them. For this reason, the company has had years of developing unconventional reserves without competition, developing a skill set that has come in handy in a high oil price environment. With oil prices at record highs, oil companies are all scrambling to ramp up production, and are willing to use expensive extraction techniques to get at difficult-to-access reserves; Continental's experience allows to use these techniques at lower cost and higher efficiency.

Business & Financial Metrics[2]

In 2009, CLR generated a net income of $71.4 million on revenues of $610.7 million. This represents a 77.8% decrease in net income and a 35.9% decrease in total revenues from 2008, when the company earned $321.0 million on $939.9 million in revenue.

Trends and Forces

The Success of Continental's Drilling Strategy Relies on High Oil Prices

Up until 2007, Continental was a private corporation, and so was able to focus on developing high-end extraction technologies and crew expertise in ways that public E&P companies couldn't because oil prices were low and so returns on such techniques weren't as high. The company went public at a time when oil prices were on their way to record highs, giving the company the advantage of a decade of unconventional drilling experience. While many of Continental's reserves are in large, high-output fields, they are also relatively unconventional formations - they require expensive, unconventional drilling technologies like horizontal drilling and enhanced extraction techniques to produce. In the Red River fields of the Rocky Mountains, for example, the company has over 50% of its reserves, and has already drilled 235 horizontal wells, versus just 18 conventional, vertical wells.[3]

Legislation Supporting the Development of Renewable Energy Threatens the Long-Term Strength of Hydrocarbons in the U.S.

Whether it’s because of the desire for energy independence, the rising price of oil, or fears of climate change, public opinion has turned away from petroleum, and is driving government policy changes that encourage the adoption of alternative fuels. Environmentalists have been calling for a shift to renewable energy for years, and though the river of change is running slow, it is running deep. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is the first step towards a grander series of changes. By forcing automakers to achieve 35 mpg by 2020 and setting a Renewable Fuel Standard of 36 billion gallons of biofuels in 2022[4], the Act has potential to get the ball rolling to greatly reduce American dependence on hydrocarbons.

Already, 26 states across the country have adopted Renewable Energy Standards to increase the share of renewables in their energy mixes, while both Democratic candidates for President have pledged to reduce carbon emissions 80%, to below 1990 levels by 2050.[5][6] While the Republican candidate isn't so tough on climate action, he still supports a strong cap-and-trade system. In emerging markets like China and India, the drive for economic growth supersedes environmental concerns, but CLR sells all its petroleum to the U.S. companies, a changing American environmental and energy legislation landscape would be disastrous to its business without the development of some effective carbon sequestration technology.

Competition

With all of its reserves on land, Continental competes with other U.S. onshore E&P companies.

  • Cabot Oil & Gas - Cabot abandoned its offshore operations in favor of developing 1.616 Tcf worth of natural gas reserves across the U.S., in locations like Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada.[7]
  • XTO Energy - XTO is an onshore E&P company operating in Texas, Louisiana, and the Rockies with approximately 11.29 trillion cubic feet equivalent in its reserves.[8]
  • Unit - Aside from its midstream pipelines and oilfield services operations, Unit has reserves of 514.6 Bcfe in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, of which 82% are natural gas.[9]
  • Forest Oil - Forest Oil operates 2.1 Tcfe of reserves around the world.[10]
  • Equitable Resources - Aside from its natural gas pipelines, storage, and utilities businesses, Equitable Resources operates 2.7 Tcfe of reserves in the Appalachian Basin.[11]
  • Cimarex Energy Co - Cimarex's reserves contain 1.4 Tcfe of petroleum, of which 1.1 Tcf is natural gas; the company drills in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, and Louisiana.[12]

References

  1. CLR 2007 10-K, Page 4
  2. CLR 2009 10-K pg. 40  
  3. CLR 2007 10-K
  4. WhiteHouse.gov, Fact Sheet: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  5. CNN Election Center: Issues: Environment
  6. Washington Post: "A Green(er) Obama"
  7. Reuters: Full Description: Cabot Oil & Gas Corp
  8. Reuters: Full Description: XTO Energy Inc.
  9. Unit Web Site: Operations Map
  10. http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/38079/000104746908001938/a2183054z10-k.htm FST 2007 10-K, Page 4]
  11. EQT 2007 10-K
  12. XEC 2007 10-K
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