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S32 saw 1H23 underlying earnings decline -44.2% y/y as +12% increase in production

Investment Thesis

On valuation grounds relative to the current share price, S32 trades fair value. 

  • Prices of S32’s key commodities are to moderate or be relatively flat relative to FY22 realized prices.
  • The Company will produce significant free cash flow over the next three years; adequate to support growth and capital management. 
  • Significant cash on the balance provides flexibility = capital management. 
  • The Board has resolved to further expand S32’s capital management program by $156m to $2.3bn, leaving $250m to be returned to shareholders by 1 September 2023. 
  • The Company is still paying a dividend despite the uncertainty and volatility. 
  • Both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s reaffirmed their respective BBB+ and Baa1 credit rating

Key Risks

  • Decline in key commodity prices. 
  • Significant shock to global growth. 
  • Cost blowouts (inflationary pressures) / production disruptions.
  • Company fails to deliver on adequate capital management initiatives. 
  • Adverse movement in currencies. 
  • Value destructive acquisition.

Key Highlights: Relative to the pcp and on a constant currency basis: 

  • Underlying revenue declined -7.7% to $3969m, as +12% increase in copper equivalent production was more than offset by decline in commodity prices from record levels in many markets. 
  • Underlying EBITDA decreased -27% to $1364m, primarily due to higher inflation and uncontrollable costs with investments in Sierra Gorda and increased ownership in Mozal Aluminium contributing $201m at an operating margin of 42%. 
  • Underlying earnings declined -44.2% to $560m with statutory profit after tax decreasing -33.6% to $685m. 
  • Operating cashflows declined -36.9% to $855m which combined with +63.8% increase in capex to $416m, delivered FCF of $67m ($127m including manganese EAI), down -92%, with management expecting an improvement going forward driven by an expected reduction in inventory positions in aluminum value chain in 2H3 and the normalization of tax payments.
  • Strong shareholder returns continued with the company returning a record $927m in 1H23 ($784m in fully-franked ordinary and special dividends and $143m via on-market share buy-back) and the Board announcing a fully-franked interim ordinary dividend of $224m (4.9cps representing 40% of underlying earnings) and also expanding capital management program by $50m, leaving $158m to be returned by 1 September 2023.
  •  The balance sheet remained in a strong position with modest net debt of $298m (vs net cash of $538m in FY22), BBB+/Baa1 credit ratings by S&P Global/Moody’s and significant liquidity with $1.6bn cash on hand and undrawn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility, with available capacity of $1.4bn to December2026 and $1.2bn to December 2027.  

Company Description

South32 (S32) is a globally diversified metals and mining company. S32’s strategy is to invest in high quality metals and mining operations where their distinctive capabilities and regional model enables them to extract sustainable performance. The regional model means their businesses are run by people from within the region. The company’s African operations are supported by a regional office in Johannesburg South Africa and Australian and South American operations by an office in Perth.

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This document is provided by Laverne Securities Pty Ltd T/as Investor Desk. Laverne Securities Pty Ltd, CAR 001269781 of Laverne Capital Pty Ltd AFSL No. 482937.

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Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (DMP) reported a disappointing 1H23 result, albeit in line with expectations.

Investment Thesis:

  • Trading below valuation. 
  • Potential for solid growth in Europe and Japan, substantial opportunities, that the Company is positioned to take advantage of. 
  • Strong market position in all of DMP’s existing geographies. 
  • DMP is ahead of the curve with the use of technology and innovative offerings for its customers.
  • Acquisition in Europe to bring in top line revenue growth. 
  • Strong management team. 
  • Improving margin outlook (i.e. operating leverage benefits).

Key Risks:

  • Acquisition integrations not going to plan. 
  • Missing market expectations on sales and earnings growth. 
  • Dietary concerns that drive customers to healthier alternatives. 
  • Increased cost in ingredients and labor. 
  • Market pressures from the competition. 
  • Departure of key management personnel. 
  • Corporate office having to increase financial support to struggling franchisees. 
  • Any further negative media articles especially around underpayment of wages at the franchisee level. 
  • Any emerging concerns around store rollout (such as cannibalization or demographics not supportive of new stores). 
  • Increase in commodity prices due to ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Key Highlights:

  • Network sales of $1,966.3m was -4.0% lower (or up +1.2% excluding FX), whilst Online sales fell -4.5% to $1,525.1m (due to lower aggregator sales and a shift from delivery to carry-out). Same store sales growth fell -0.6% versus +2.8% in 1H22. 
  • EBITDA of $182.3m, was down -14.3%. EBIT was down -21.3% to $113.9m. 
  • Underlying NPAT (after Minority Interest) was down -21.5% to $71.7m. NPAT fell -16.7% excluding FX. 
  • DMP was able to add 357 new stores (+79 organic, +278 acquired), +11.1% of the network. Network store count stands at 3,736 stores, up 509 stores or +15.8%.
  • The Board declared an interim dividend of 67.4cps, 60% franked, which was – 23.8% lower than the pcp.

Company Description:

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DMP) operates retail food outlets. The Company offers franchises to the public and holds the franchise rights for the Domino’s brand and network in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. 

(Source: Banyantree)

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Hess’ track record for efficiently allocating capital and generating value has been steadily improving for several years

Business Strategy & Outlook

Hess’ track record for efficiently allocating capital and generating value has been steadily improving for several years. This had been a source of frustration for shareholders in the past. Before 2012, the firm was struggling with persistent budget overruns and costly exploration failures, and the eventual collapse in its share price led to a heated proxy fight with an activist investor (which it lost). Subsequently, the board was reshuffled and management began streamlining the company, selling midstream and downstream assets and rationalizing its upstream portfolio. The current portfolio is substantially more competitive, but the development cost requirements are heavily front-loading. Currently, Hess is one of the largest producers in the Bakken Shale. This includes a large portion in the highly productive area near the Mountrail-McKenzie county line in North Dakota.

Management believes this acreage still contains at least 2,000 incremental drilling opportunities and hopes to develop this asset with a four-rig program in the long run (giving it well over 10 years of potential drilling inventory). Four rigs would optimize the usage of its infrastructure and keep production flat at around 200 mboe/d. Hess also holds a 30% stake in the Exxon-operated Stabroek block in Guyana, which will be the firm’s core growth engine going forward and has been a game changer for the company, due to its large scale and exceptional economics. Current guidance indicates six development phases will come online by 2027, culminating in gross volumes of over 1 mmb/d. But with over 20 confirmed discoveries already, this feels very conservative. Four developments have been sanctioned to date, with a fifth expected shortly, and two of them are already producing at full capacity. Management has hinted at 10 phases in the ultimate development. Total gross recoverable resources in the region are a moving target, but the latest estimate is over 11 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Financial Strengths

Hess’ Guyana assets are capital-intensive (it must pay 30% of the development costs, which run to $1 billion-$2 billion for each sanctioned phase of development; a total of six are currently planned and more than that are likely eventually). And these commitments are heavily front-loading. As a result, capital spending has significantly exceeded cash flows in the last few years. However, the firm has made the best of very strong commodity prices recently, while enjoying peer-leading revenue growth due to its ongoing expansion in Guyana. As a result, the firm’s leverage ratios are already below historical norms, and are likely to decline further given that all of Hess’ assets are now generating net cash flows. At the end of the last reporting period, debt/capital was 48%, while net debt/EBITDA was 0.9 times. In addition, the firm’s liquidity backstop is very strong. The firm has a $2.4 billion cash war chest, and there is more than $3 billion available on its credit facility as well. In addition, the term structure of the firm’s debt is fairly well spread out, and there are no maturities before 2024. The firm does have a covenant requiring it to keep debt/capital above 0.65, though it isn’t expected to get close to that level even in a downturn scenario, because in the associated debt agreement capital is defined to exclude impairments.

Bulls Say

  • The Stabroek block (Guyana), in which Hess has a 30% stake, is a huge resource, with at least 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent recoverable. 
  • The first phase of the Liza development is profitable at around $30/bbl (Brent), making it competitive with the best shale. Management expects similar economics from subsequent projects in Guyana. 
  • Hess’ activity in Guyana provides geographic diversification and insulates it from domestic issues (like anti fracking regulations).

Company Description

Hess is an independent oil and gas producer with key assets in the Bakken Shale, Guyana, the Gulf of Mexico, and Southeast Asia. At the end of 2021, the company reported net proved reserves of 1.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Net production averaged 315 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2021, at a ratio of 69% oil and natural gas liquids and 31% natural gas.

(Source: Morningstar)

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Compass makes most of its SOP directly from salt brines at a lower cost

Business Strategy & Outlook

Compass Minerals holds an enviable portfolio of cost-advantaged assets. Its Goderich rock salt mine in Ontario benefits from unique geology, and with access to a deep-water port, it can deliver deicing salt to customers at a lower cost than competitors. Additionally, the company controls one of only three naturally occurring brine sources that produces the specialty fertilizer sulfate of potash, or SOP. These operations at the Great Salt Lake in Utah can produce SOP at a lower cost than marginal cost producers who convert standard potash. The majority of Compass’ salt sales are to highway deicing customers. Sales volumes are determined during the winter months and are strongly linked to the number of snow days per season. As such, weather has a big impact on Compass’ year-to-year results. The deicing salt business also exposes Compass to climate change risk. One effect of climate change is increased snowfall volatility from year to year, which affects Compass’ annual results. However, winter weather has shown mean reversion tendencies over longer periods of time.

Pricing for deicing salt is also linked to winter weather. However, prices have historically been relatively stable compared with other commodities. Deicing salt has a low value/weight ratio, creating regional markets, and transportation costs make up a significant portion of total costs to the customer. With mines close to waterways like the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, Compass has a transportation cost advantage over its competitors. Compass also produces SOP, which is used for high-value crops that are sensitive to the chloride in standard potash (muriate of potash). While marginal producers use MOP and sulfuric acid to produce SOP, Compass makes most of its SOP directly from salt brines at a lower cost. Compass also plans to produce magnesium chloride, used for fire retardants to combat wildfires, and lithium as byproducts from the brine after extracting SOP. Compass will enter the fire-retardant market in the Western U.S. through its 45% equity investment in Fortress. Lithium demand will grow over 6 times during this decade due to higher electric vehicle adoption.

Financial Strengths

As of Sept. 30, Compass Minerals had roughly $900 million in net debt. A net debt/adjusted EBITDA ratio of 4.4, well above management’s long-term target of 2.5 times. The company’s leverage has been elevated since adding about $600 million in debt in 2016 to help fund the Produquimica acquisition that has since been divested. Leverage ratios have remained high even after Compass completed the divestiture of two noncore assets in order to pay down debt due to cost inflation weighing on salt profits. the company’s leverage ratio will decline in fiscal 2023 as salt prices increase and costs inflation stabilizes, restoring EBITDA and increasing free cash flow. This should allow the company pay down debt over the next couple of years. Additionally, management cut its annual dividend to $0.60 per share from $2.88, which should save the company an estimated $80 million a year. Much of the future savings will go toward paying down debt over the next several years. Finally, Compass raised $252 million in equity from Koch Industries. Of the proceeds, $200 million will be used to fund the majority of the initial phase of the company’s lithium project, while the remainder will be used to pay down debt. As Compass generates higher EBITDA and cash flows and pays down debt, Compass’ net leverage ratio will fall closer to management’s long-term target of 2.5 times over the next several years. While headline credit metrics will fluctuate in the coming years according to variations in winter weather and fertilizer prices, leverage is to remain, on average, at manageable but elevated levels.

Bulls Say

  • Compass holds a portfolio of cost-advantaged assets, including the Ontario rock salt mine and brine operations at the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
  • Highway deicing salt prices are relatively stable, and Compass’ average selling prices in this area have increased over time.
  • Compass’ plans to enter the lithium and fire-retardant markets will create long-term value as strong demand growth in these industries should lead to incremental profit growth.

Company Description

Compass Minerals currently produces two primary products: salt and specialty potash fertilizer. The company’s main assets include rock salt mines in Ontario, Louisiana, and the United Kingdom and a salt brine operation at the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Compass’ salt products are used for deicing and also by industrial and consumer end markets. The firm also sells sulfate of potash, which is used by growers of high-value crops that are sensitive to standard potash. Compass is expanding its portfolio and plans to enter the fire-retardant market, with its magnesium chloride-based product used to combat forest fires. The company also plans to enter the lithium market. Compass will produce magnesium chloride and lithium as byproducts from its sulfate of potash operation in Utah.

(Source: Morningstar)

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AGL’s FY22 underlying NPAT declined -58% YoY primarily due to coal plant outages

Investment Thesis:

  • Energy margins bottom out and could potentially start to improve (higher customer and volume numbers).
  • Strong cash flow business which provided flexibility to deploy cash in growth opportunities and capital management. 
  • On-going focus on costs and digitalization should support margins. 
  • Potential capital management initiatives (e.g., buyback).
  • Demerger into AGL Australia and Accel may unlock shareholder value.
  • Potential favorable changes to the regulatory environment.
  • Potential M&A – AGL has already received a takeover bid at $7.50 per share which was rejected by the AGL Board. 

Key Risks:

  • Competitive pressures leading to margin erosion. 
  • Cost pressure and fuel supply issues lead to margin erosion. 
  • Increase in supply leading to depressed prices.
  • Regulatory risk (policy uncertainty), such recent regulation in electricity markets [ Victorian Default Offer (VDO) and Default Market Offer (DMO)].
  • Unscheduled shutdowns impacting earnings. 

Key Highlights:

  • Underlying EBITDA declined -27% YoY to $1.22bn and underlying NPAT declined -58% YoY to $225m, reflecting the expected step down in Trading and Origination Electricity earnings due to lower realized contracted and wholesale customer prices, increased costs of capacity to cover periods of peak electricity demand, absence of the Loy Yang Unit 2 insurance proceeds recognized in FY21, increased residential solar volumes and margin compression via customer switching.
  • Net cash from operations declined -2% YoY to $1.227bn with lower underlying EBITDA partially offset by a strong working capital outcome which saw cash conversion improve +27% YoY to 123%, however, management warned of a hit to cash conversion rate in FY23.
  • Capital management. Strong balance sheet with net debt declining -11.2% to $2,662m, reducing gearing by -590bps to 29.2%, giving company significant headroom to debt covenant of gearing <50%.
  • Board declared a final unfranked dividend of 10cps, equating to total FY22 dividends of 26cps, down -65% YoY and equating to a payout ratio of 75% vs 87% pcp.
  • Opex savings target exceeded. The Company saw opex (excluding D&A) decline -7.6% YoY as management delivered FY22 recurring savings of ~$158m (vs target of $150m), including initial benefits from structural review and reduction in corporate costs. However, management warned that it expects a small step up in operating costs for FY23, albeit being lower than CPI after adjusting for the non-recurring benefits in FY22.
  • Outlook. Management announced it will provide FY23 guidance in late-September in conjunction with the initial outcomes of the review of strategic direction, however, expects FY23 earnings to remain resilient amidst the current challenging in the energy industry and market conditions, underscored by the strength of AGL’s large and diversified customer base, low-cost baseload generation position supported by strong fuel supply arrangements, robust risk management, with prudent margin management ensuring retail strength and stability in a highly volatile market, with the Company largely hedged for FY23 and well positioned from FY24 to benefit from sustained higher wholesale electricity pricing (Refer to Figure 4 for forward pricing curve) as historical hedge positions progressively roll-off. 

Company Description:

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies and the largest ASX listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in Australia. The company sells and distributes gas and electricity. Further, it also retails and wholesales energy and fuel products to customers throughout Australia. The business operates four main segments: Energy Markets, Group Operations, New Energy and Investments.

(Source: Banyantree)

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Dominion has accelerated its capital expenditure growth program

Business Strategy & Outlook

After exiting its oil and gas exploration and production business, selling and retiring its no-moat merchant generation, and selling its Questar assets, Dominion’s investors are left with a predominantly regulated utility, which has been in the best interests of investors. Like its peers, Dominion has accelerated its capital expenditure growth program. Over the next five years, management plans to invest $37 billion of growth capital, with nearly 90% focused on decarbonization. Favorable regulatory mechanisms mean that over 75% of Dominion’s investments are eligible for timely cost recovery from customers, reducing regulatory lag and improving free cash flow. In Virginia, the company’s most important jurisdiction, over 90% of its planned investments are eligible for rate riders at higher allowed returns on equity. 

Over the next 15 years, Dominion forecasts $73 billion of capital investment opportunities, including up to $21 billion for offshore wind farms in the U.S. Unlike other offshore wind projects, Dominion’s will be rate-regulated, mitigating investor risk for a project with greater execution risk than onshore renewable energy development. Investors must carefully watch for cost increases at its offshore project. While costs will rise for the project, there remains significant headroom for the $125 per megawatt hour allowed regulated cost cap. Costs over the cap would require regulatory approval. A recent settlement with key counterparties should help resolve a proposed capacity factor guarantee, if approved. Roughly 90% of earnings will be from regulated electric and gas utilities with constructive state regulation in Virginia, Utah, Ohio, and the Carolinas. The balance of earnings will come from contracted assets with long-term agreements with mostly investment-grade counterparties that provide steady, regulated-like returns. In November, management unexpectedly announced a strategic review of the company’s current business mix and capital allocation. Management did not indicate a potential outcome or direction of the review, creating what is unnecessary investor uncertainty.

Financial Strengths

Even with its large capital expenditure program, Dominion maintains a strong balance sheet and an investment grade credit rating. Dominion is to maintain a capital structure in line with regulatory requirements at its utility subsidiaries. Total debt/capital was 58% at year-end 2021, and it expects to remain below 60%. With $37 billion in expected growth capital expenditures over the next five years, Dominion will be a frequent debt issuer. Exclude $3 billion of growth capital from the estimate as management will look to mitigate customer bill impacts while potentially lengthening the trajectory of its capital investment program. Dominion’s debt maturity schedule is manageable, and Dominion will be able to refinance its debt as it comes due. Dominion surprised investors with a 33% dividend cut in late 2020 after the company abandoned the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and decided to exit its gas pipeline business. Its current 65% payout ratio is in line with peers, and 6% dividend is to grow. 

Bulls Say

  • Dominion’s dividend yield and earnings growth could deliver high-single-digit total annual returns for conservative investors for the foreseeable future. 
  • Growth capital investments focused on renewable energy and carbon reduction are estimated to be $73 billion over the next 15 years and should provide solid earnings and dividend growth for the foreseeable future. 
  • Public support for renewable energy and Virginia legislation has resulted in Dominion planning to build the largest wind farm in the U.S.

Company Description

Based in Richmond, Virginia, Dominion Energy is an integrated energy company with over 30 gigawatts of electric generation capacity and more than 90,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. Dominion owns a liquefied natural gas export facility in Maryland and is constructing a 5.2 GW wind farm off the Virginia Beach coast.

(Source: Morningstar)

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ConocoPhillips stands to benefit from Concho’s expertise in the Permian while deriving $1 billion in synergies

Business Strategy & Outlook

Differentiating itself from peers big and small, ConocoPhillips has laid out a 10-year plan for restrained investment, steady growth, improving returns, and, importantly, returning cash to shareholders. Its strategy makes Conoco a compelling option in the energy sector, given its commitment to capital restraint and clear policy on return of cash to shareholders. Its low-cost portfolio gives it high return investment options to grow in a rising price environment while its strong financial position keeps the dividend safe in a downcycle. Central to its plan is a commitment to maintain capital spending at $8 billion on average annually while returning 30% of operating cash flow to shareholders per year through a three-tier capital return program consisting of buybacks, an ordinary annual dividend, and a variable component. Through high-grading and cost improvements, the company has reduced the oil price necessary to earn a 10% return on produced resources in its plan to $28/ barrel.

Its growth plan rests largely on its unconventional assets, specifically its Permian position, which became the company’s largest position with the acquisition of Concho Resources. Permian resources constitute over half of the planned produced resources in the 10-year plan. ConocoPhillips stands to benefit from Concho’s expertise in the Permian while deriving $1 billion in synergies. Conoco further tilted its portfolio to U.S. unconventional by acquiring Shell’s Permian shale assets in a highly accretive deal. While the company holds acreage in the Bakken and Eagle Ford, production growth in both these regions will likely be limited. Outside of the U.S. unconventional portfolio, volumes will remain flat with growth in Alaska and Canada offsetting declines internationally. Growth in Canada will come from the Montney, where Conoco plans to leverage its unconventional experience. New volumes in Alaska will come from the Willow project, dependent on a clarified regulatory environment.

Financial Strengths

During the last year, debt has fallen from the peak levels realized after the oil price decline in 2020 and the Concho acquisition. Total debt amounted to $17.0 billion in the third quarter of 2022, implying a net debt/capital ratio of 26%. Management will likely continue to reduce gross debt during the next five years and may refinance high-coupon debt as part of debt restructuring, depending on cost, as it aims to maintain an A rated balance sheet. The debt/EBITDA is to remain at or below 1.0 throughout the remainder of the forecast. ConocoPhillips maintains its plans to differentiate itself by focusing on shareholder returns. While it still aims to return 30% of operating cash flow to shareholders, management instated a three-tier capital return program to preserve flexibility in anticipation of oil price volatility. The first tier consists of an ordinary dividend that Conoco plans to increase annually in line with the broader market. The second tier is share repurchases, while the third tier is a variable dividend that is staggered, resulting in eight cash distributions per year when declared. In, 2022, Conoco expects to return $15 billion to shareholders. Capital spending in 2022 is expected to be $8.1 billion. Guidance is for capital spending to remain at about $8 billion through 2024 and over $8 billion by 2031.

Bulls Say

  • Large positions in the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Bakken offer low-cost liquids growth with wider margins, lower risk, and higher returns than international operations. 
  • ConocoPhillips has reduced its capital requirements so it can maintain its production and pay its dividend at less than $40/barrel oil. U
  •  Over the long term, management does not plan to increase activity with oil prices, instead directing excess cash flow toward repurchases with a payout target of 30% of cash flow.

Company Description

ConocoPhillips is a U.S.-based independent exploration and production firm. In 2021, it produced 1.0 million barrels per day of oil and natural gas liquids and 3.2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, primarily from Alaska and the Lower 48 in the United States and Norway in Europe and several countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Proven reserves at year-end 2021 were 6.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

(Source: Morningstar)

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ConocoPhillips stands to benefit from Concho’s expertise in the Permian while deriving $1 billion in synergies

Business Strategy & Outlook

Differentiating itself from peers big and small, ConocoPhillips has laid out a 10-year plan for restrained investment, steady growth, improving returns, and, importantly, returning cash to shareholders. Its strategy makes Conoco a compelling option in the energy sector, given its commitment to capital restraint and clear policy on return of cash to shareholders. Its low-cost portfolio gives it high return investment options to grow in a rising price environment while its strong financial position keeps the dividend safe in a downcycle. Central to its plan is a commitment to maintain capital spending at $8 billion on average annually while returning 30% of operating cash flow to shareholders per year through a three-tier capital return program consisting of buybacks, an ordinary annual dividend, and a variable component. Through high-grading and cost improvements, the company has reduced the oil price necessary to earn a 10% return on produced resources in its plan to $28/ barrel.

Its growth plan rests largely on its unconventional assets, specifically its Permian position, which became the company’s largest position with the acquisition of Concho Resources. Permian resources constitute over half of the planned produced resources in the 10-year plan. ConocoPhillips stands to benefit from Concho’s expertise in the Permian while deriving $1 billion in synergies. Conoco further tilted its portfolio to U.S. unconventional by acquiring Shell’s Permian shale assets in a highly accretive deal. While the company holds acreage in the Bakken and Eagle Ford, production growth in both these regions will likely be limited. Outside of the U.S. unconventional portfolio, volumes will remain flat with growth in Alaska and Canada offsetting declines internationally. Growth in Canada will come from the Montney, where Conoco plans to leverage its unconventional experience. New volumes in Alaska will come from the Willow project, dependent on a clarified regulatory environment.

Financial Strengths

During the last year, debt has fallen from the peak levels realized after the oil price decline in 2020 and the Concho acquisition. Total debt amounted to $17.0 billion in the third quarter of 2022, implying a net debt/capital ratio of 26%. Management will likely continue to reduce gross debt during the next five years and may refinance high-coupon debt as part of debt restructuring, depending on cost, as it aims to maintain an A rated balance sheet. The debt/EBITDA is to remain at or below 1.0 throughout the remainder of the forecast. ConocoPhillips maintains its plans to differentiate itself by focusing on shareholder returns. While it still aims to return 30% of operating cash flow to shareholders, management instated a three-tier capital return program to preserve flexibility in anticipation of oil price volatility. The first tier consists of an ordinary dividend that Conoco plans to increase annually in line with the broader market. The second tier is share repurchases, while the third tier is a variable dividend that is staggered, resulting in eight cash distributions per year when declared. In, 2022, Conoco expects to return $15 billion to shareholders. Capital spending in 2022 is expected to be $8.1 billion. Guidance is for capital spending to remain at about $8 billion through 2024 and over $8 billion by 2031.

Bulls Say

  • Large positions in the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Bakken offer low-cost liquids growth with wider margins, lower risk, and higher returns than international operations. 
  • ConocoPhillips has reduced its capital requirements so it can maintain its production and pay its dividend at less than $40/barrel oil. U
  •  Over the long term, management does not plan to increase activity with oil prices, instead directing excess cash flow toward repurchases with a payout target of 30% of cash flow.

Company Description

ConocoPhillips is a U.S.-based independent exploration and production firm. In 2021, it produced 1.0 million barrels per day of oil and natural gas liquids and 3.2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, primarily from Alaska and the Lower 48 in the United States and Norway in Europe and several countries in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Proven reserves at year-end 2021 were 6.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

(Source: Morningstar)

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Northern Star Resources reported solid 1H22 results – the first reported results since NST’s merger with Saracen

Investment Thesis

  • On track to achieve FY22 production and operational guidance. 
  • Commodities price (Gold) surprises on the upside especially due to geopolitical tensions.
  • Leveraged to changes in the USD. 
  • Solid assets with reserve/resource. 
  • New acquisitions provide upside (resource and operational improvement). 
  • Strong management team with significant mining expertise. 
  • Strong balance sheet. 
  • Company has a good track record of shareholder return.

Key Risks

  • Further deterioration in global macroeconomic conditions. 
  • Deterioration in global gold supply & demand equation. 
  • Deterioration in gold prices. 
  • Production issues, delay or unscheduled mine shutdown. 
  • Adverse movements in AUD/USD.

Key Highlights: Relative to the pcp and on a constant currency basis: 

  • Revenue of A$1,807m was up +63%, mainly driven by higher gold volumes, with gold sales 289,786 ounces higher. Reported NPAT of A$261m, was up +43% (or Underlying NPAT of A$108m, excluding significant items of A$153m) was driven by higher production. 
  • Underlying EBITDA of A$699m, was up +47%, on a margin of 39%. Cost of sales were higher than the pcp due to increased activity with the inclusion of the Saracen Minerals Holdings’ merger assets in the current half (107% increase period on period), higher average cash costs per ounce (H1 2022: A$1,256/oz vs H1 2021: A$1,196/oz) and the increase in D&A unit costs (increase of A$291/sold oz), due to the required non-cash uplift to fair value of the merger assets, compared to the historic cash cost of those same assets. 
  • NST saw cash earnings of A$430m. 
  • NST retained a strong balance sheet with cash and bullion of A$588m; net cash of A$288m. 
  • The Board declared fully franked interim dividend of 10cps, up +5%. 
  • NST remains on track with its key growth projects progressing as expected to become a 2Mozpa producer by FY26, including KCGM open pit development (Kalgoorlie) and Thunderbox mill expansion (Yandal). 
  • In 1H22, NST made net repayment of A$361m of corporate bank debt, completed its acquisition of Newmont’s power business for A$130m and made a A$170m investment in a Convertible Debenture with Osisko Mining Inc. NST also sold Kundana Assets realising A$402m (and contributing a pre-tax gain of A$242m). 
  • Relative valuation. Relative to Australian peer group (NCM, RRL, SBM, EVN) average, NST is currently trading on a 2-yr forward EV / EBITDA multiple of 5.1x (vs peer avg 5.0x) and yield of 3.2% (vs peer avg 2.6%). On 2-yr forward PE-multiple, NST is currently trading on a multiple of 19.8x vs peer group average 14.8x.

Company Description

Northern Star Resources Limited (Northern Star) is a gold production and exploration company with a Mineral Resource base of 10.2 million ounces and Ore Reserves of 3.5 million ounces, located in highly prospective regions of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. NST is the third largest gold producer in Australia. The Company also recently acquired a gold mine in Alaska.

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On-going focus on cost reduction and positioning of the business

Investment Thesis:

  • Currently undertaking a review, with management highlighting on the conference call: “this year it will seek to further optimize the portfolio, reducing gearing and future CapEx, and conduct a review of the capital management framework including returns to shareholders. This will ensure one is in the best position to provide returns for shareholders, reduce debt, invest in growth and invest in the energy transition”.
  • Leveraged to the oil price.
  • High quality assets which offer a number of core assets within its portfolio (no single asset risk).
  • On-going focus on cost reduction and positioning of the business for a lower oil price environment.
  • Strong balance sheet position.
  • High quality management team who are able to operate assets and extract synergistic value from the recent merger with Oil Search.

Key Risks:

  • Supply and demand imbalance in global oil/gas markets.
  • Lower oil / LNG prices.
  • Not meeting cost-out targets (e.g., reducing breakeven oil cash price).
  • Production disruptions (not meeting GLNG ramp up targets).
  • Strategic investors sell down their stake or block any potential M&A activity.

Key Highlights:

  •  Relative to the pcp: Production was up +3% to 92.1mmboe. Sales volume of 107.1mmboe, down -3%.
  • Product sales revenue of US$4.71bn, up +39%.
  • EBITDAX (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, depletion, exploration, evaluation and impairment) of US$2.81bn, up +48%.
  • Record free cash flow of US$1.5bn and underlying profit of US$946m, driven by higher oil and LNG prices vs pcp due to a recovery in global energy demand and supply constraints across the industry due to lower capital investment through the pandemic.
  • STO was able to deliver a free cash flow breakeven of US$21 per barrel in 2021.
  • Reported NPAT of US$658m includes losses on commodity hedging and costs associated with acquisitions and one-off tax adjustments and is significantly higher relative to the pcp due to impairments included in FY20.
  • The Board declared a final dividend of US8.5 cents per share (franked 70%), up +70% relative to the pcp. This equates to 20% of full-year pro forma free cash flow for the merged entity less dividends paid in the first half by both companies and is in-line with STO’s sustainable dividend policy which targets a range of 10% to 30% payout of free cash flow. Management noted STO does not expect to generate franking credits for the next several years.

Company Description:

Santos Limited (STO) explores for and produces natural gas, liquefied natural gas, crude oil, condensate, naphtha and liquid petroleum gas. STO conducts major onshore and offshore petroleum exploration and production activities in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam. The company also transports crude oil by pipeline.

(Source: Banyantree)

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