QUOTE AND NEWS
Benzinga  May 13  Comment 
RBC Capital downgraded Encana Corporation (USA) (NYSE: ECA) from Outperform to Sector Perform. Encana shares have dropped 39.18 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has surged 11.15 percent in the same period. Encana shares...
TheStreet.com  May 13  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES AOL was downgraded at Cantor Fitzgerald to sell from buy. Twelve-month price target is $47. Analysts are downgrading AOL on the back of AOL's acquisition by Verizon for $50 a share in an all-cash...
Market Intelligence Center  May 13  Comment 
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OilVoice  May 13  Comment 
The following matter was voted upon at the Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders of Encana Corporation TSX ECA NYSE ECA held on May 12 2015 in Calgary Alberta. This and other matters vote
TheStreet.com  May 12  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Encana Corp. released its 2015 first quarter earnings results this morning, and the Canada-based energy producer said its operating earnings, excluding items, came in at $9 million, or 1 cent per diluted share,...
newratings.com  May 12  Comment 
OTTAWA (dpa-AFX) - Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. (ECA.TO, ECA) reported Wednesday a hefty net loss in the first quarter compared to a profit last year, hurt by hefty impairment charges and foreign exchange loss. However, both operating...
Wall Street Journal  May 12  Comment 
Encana reported a $1.7 billion first-quarter loss after booking a massive impairment charge largely related to slumping oil and gas prices.




 

Encana (NYSE:ECA) engages in the the production of natural gas from natural gas formations, including tight gas, shales and coal bed methane (CBM). [1] The companies segments are divided into two geographic regions: a Canadian Division and a USA Division. Relatively low natural gas prices have had a significant impact on earnings while also limiting EnCana's capital expenditures as will as its expansion plans.[2] In addition, the company engages in unconventional gas production, which is facing regulatory scrutiny in North America.[3]


Business Growth

Revenue growth can be partially attributed to acquisitions of various North American land and properties in 2010.[4] However, a weak natural gas pricing environment has partially offset Encana's expansions by reducing revenues, profitability, and overall return on production.[5] In 2010, Encana reported annual net income of $1.5 billion on $8.8 billion in revenues, representing a 19.4% decline on net income and a 20% decline in revenue.[6]

Trends and Forces

Weak natural gas prices and supply glut reduce Encana's return on production

Natural gas future prices have averaged approximately $4.2 per million BMU over the first months of 2011.[7] Since 2008, prices have declined by 52% due to high supply and relatively low demand in North America. Encana's operations are very concentrated on natural gas production, and its profitability and revenues have decline in a directionally consistent manner with natural gas prices.[8]

In response to a weak environment, Encana's management is curtailing capital expenditures in an effort to reduce costs.[9] To further support its growth, Encana has sought to engage in partnerships to develop and finance its properties.[10] However, these partnerships and other forms of external financing have the potential of making Encana dependent on these sources to fund acquisitions. In addition, partnerships and other asset sales have reduced the company's portfolio of natural gas properties significantly.[11]

Energy Demand from Overseas has of potential of driving future natural gas demand in North America

As several Asian and South America economies growth, their demand for energy in the form of coal, natural gas, and oil expand as well.[12] Because natural gas provides an environmentally "cleaner" alternative to coal, the economies of China, India, and Brazil are projected to require substantial amounts of natural gas in the future.[13] Many of these countries have substantial resources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that China has 1.28 quadrillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale-gas resources, among the most in the world. While China is drafting plans to develop its shale-gas reserves, many Chinese energy companies like PetroChina Company (PTR) are seeking to partner with North American gas producers to secure future supplies.[14]

For producers like Encana, these partnerships have the potential of providing the financing necessary to grow their businesses and develop their currently owned fields. Other Asian companies like Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Barrick Gold Corp (TSE:ABX), and Korea Gas Corp (SEO:A036460) have also sought energy and mineral deals with North American companies.[15] However, these deals are not a sure thing, even after the partnership has been signed. In 2011, PetroChina Company (PTR) ended a $5.5 billion deal with Encana.[16]

Competition

Encana's competitors are independent oil and gas producers in North America. Because weak gas prices have reduced the revenues and capital expenditures of many of its competitors, several US and Canadian companies are seeking to strike deals with a limited number of Oil & Gas Majors or foreign companies in order to finance their expansions.[17]

In Canada, Encana competes with

In the US, Encana competes with

References

  1. Reuters: Encana Corp Company Profile as of June 2011
  2. Reuters: Encana Corp Company Profile as of June 2011
  3. Reuters: Encana Corp Company Profile as of June 2011
  4. Morningstar.com: Company Overview and Financials, June 2011
  5. Morningstar.com: Company Overview and Financials, June 2011
  6. Morningstar.com: Company Overview and Financials, June 2011
  7. Encana Investor Relations: 2010 Annual Report
  8. Encana Investor Relations: 2010 Annual Report
  9. Encana Investor Relations: 2010 Annual Report
  10. Encana Investor Relations: 2010 Annual Report
  11. Encana Investor Relations: 2010 Annual Report
  12. San Francisco Chronicle:Encana Faces Slower Growth Without Partner on Shale-Gas Output, June 2011
  13. San Francisco Chronicle:Encana Faces Slower Growth Without Partner on Shale-Gas Output, June 2011
  14. San Francisco Chronicle:Encana Faces Slower Growth Without Partner on Shale-Gas Output, June 2011
  15. San Francisco Chronicle:Encana Faces Slower Growth Without Partner on Shale-Gas Output, June 2011
  16. San Francisco Chronicle:Encana Faces Slower Growth Without Partner on Shale-Gas Output, June 2011
  17. Bloomberg: Canada's oil deal falling most since 2003 as crude rallies, June 2011
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