Wrap – Week Ended 2/18/22



Choppy week in the broader and energy markets with most eyes on Russia and not the U.S. economy with energy eyes also glancing at the ongoing talks with Iran. Volatility remains high regarding both the Ukraine situation and the JCPOA.  We note the DJIA and SPX are now down 6% and 9% on the year respectively while the energy benchmarks range from up 6% (gassy names) to up 30% (oilfield service).

Meanwhile 4Q21 results continue to unfold largely as expected.

  • 2022 maintenance mode very much engaged for gassy players.
  • Modest service inflation.
  • The latest version of 4Q21 So Far This Quarter can be found on the Calendar link at left (subscriber click here) summarizing reports from and outlooks for 20 names that have reported on our calendar of 65 names we care about this quarter.
  • Next week we get more reports from owned names in Frac and owned and unowned oily and gassy names.

Holdings Watch:

  • We sold our position in SLB, up 36%.
  • We added to our CRK position ahead of earnings at $7.30 and we added a sand name to the portfolio.
  • The Trading Blotter is updated

Free Stuff Last Week:

Numbers of Note From The Wrap Table Below:

  1. Oil.
    • Prices were mixed on the week with Russia/Ukraine news causing hourly swings. WTI ended on a soft note but inventory news for the week was better than expected from EIA as well as by some key international measures.
    • The basic U.S. 3-2-1 crack retreated modestly but remains in strong territory.
    • Oil directed rigs hit a new pandemic high and we continued to expect modest 1H22 growth in the count as operators gradually skew from overwhelming to DUC depletion operations to frac spread follows new well spuds mode.
    • Frac spreads hit another new pandemic period high.
      • Sidebar:  We hold 3 U.S. focused Frac companies and added a Sand name this week. 
  2. Natural Gas.
    • Prices were resilient due to a short term cooling in the U.S. forecast.
    • The storage build was in line with lowered estimates.
      • We are 400 Bcf away from our mid point EOS trough target.
      • We expect a > 100 Bcf withdrawal next week.
    • Gas directed rigs hit a new pandemic period high. Most of the rigs added were in the Haynesville.
      • Sidebar:  We added more Haynesville exposure earlier this week.
    • Natural gas prices remain more than resilient as well as propane stocks spent a second week in below range territory.
  3.  Renewables - After a soft opening to the year most names continue to largely tread water ahead of a 4Q21 reporting season that really doesn't arrive for most names until March.

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Have a good weekend. Don't get invade if you can help it.




20 Responses to “Wrap – Week Ended 2/18/22”

  1. 1
    zman Says:

    Interesting Short Reading Watch:


    Note the bit about NM permits, small so far but that will grow with time unless they sort this out quickly.

  2. 2
    zman Says:

    Weather Watch:

    Last week:  Gas-weighted Heating Degree Days (HDDs) came in at 198 vs 197 normal and 183 in the prior week.

    This week’s forecast:  This week, CPC predicts HDDs will ease to 181 vs 185 normal.

  3. 3
    Anonymous Says:

    if you go to around the 59-minute mark, there is a very interesting discussion on Russian gas into the EU.

    interesting quote “we have decided to do everything we can to get rid of this dependency”

  4. 4
    zman Says:

    re 3 – thanks

  5. 5
    nrgyman Says:

    Shell talking about a historic deficit market in LNG for the coming years. Supply growth significantly behind demand growth. They are talking their book, but Shell is not hype-y.


  6. 6
    zman Says:

    re 5 – agreed and thanks.

  7. 7
    zman Says:

    We get 4Q21 reports from:

    SOI (unowned) after the close
    BSM (unowned) before the open.

  8. 8
    zman Says:

    re 3 – “import roughly 90% of gas” … majority Russian gas.

    Gazprom has delivered at contract lows for last 6 months. Normally they’d be maximizing.

    Storage at 10 year low.

  9. 9
    zman Says:

    Putin says Ukraine plans to develop nuclear weapons with technical support

  10. 10
    zman Says:

    Putin to decide later Monday on recognizing independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

  11. 11
    zman Says:

    re 11 – never mind, he just did.

  12. 12
    zman Says:

    WTI up $2.60 to $92.81


    Brent > $96

  13. 13
    Crysball Says:

    AMLO’s INCOMPETENCE is in full display, with the notification by KKR of intent to sue to recover $815 milllion +++, and force arbitration under former NAFTA provisions.

    This will do IRREPARABLE HARM to Mexico’s ability to raise capital.

    KKR vs. Mexico’s López Obrador by @MaryAnastasiaOG


  14. 14
    zman Says:

    Draft from tomorrow’s post.

    NEX is a big beat as expected.

    Rev of $510 mm vs $502 mm exp
    EBITDA of $80 at top of range and well above Street’s $57 mm
    EPS of $0.08 vs ($0.02) exp.

    4Q21 Numbers:

    As expected, 30 deployed and 29 fully active fleets in the quarter vs 25 and 24 respectively in 3Q21.
    Note the EBITDA margin at 15.7%. Best level since 2019. 
    Previously they had said to look for an end of 3Q exit rate of $18 to $20 mm per quarter (so $80 mm in 4Q which is the high of the guidance from early this year is good confirmation of their ability to forecast the short term at present). 
    Annualized EBITDA per fleet of $11.1 mm.   Best level since 4Q19. 


    1Q22:  31 fleets expected with a 1Q exit rate of 32 fleets.  This is in line with prior comments although they did experience supply chain related delays in deploying the 32nd fleet. 
    Revenue growth in the low to mid single digits.
    Street is currently at $537 mm (up 5% sequentially)
    Favorite Guidance Quote Watch: ” Despite continued supply chain challenges and inflationary pressures, we anticipate exiting the first quarter with double-digit annualized adjusted EBITDA per deployed frac fleet. We expect to exit the first quarter with ongoing momentum as the market backdrop continues to strengthen.”
    2022 Capex is expected to be below 2021 levels and front end loaded. 
    FCF > $100 mm in 2022 and accelerating through year end. 
    Street at $135 mm now. 


    Favorite Quote Watch: “As our industry begins an upcycle driven by rapidly tightening markets for oil and gas and several years of global under-investment in energy production, the Company is well positioned to provide differentiated value for customers and investors during 2022.”
    They see US frac momentum continuing in 2Q22 through the year.

    Other Items:

    Balance Sheet: 0.8x net debt to annualized 4Q21 EBITDA vs 2.0x at the end of 3Q. 
    Short Interest: Only 2% of float.
    As previously announced they will hold an investor day on March 3.

    Nutshell: Strong quarter. Strong momentum. 1Q22 guidance could give some pause but we don’t think for long. We own NEX as our #1 position in Frac (it’s overtaken LBRT since the start of the year as it essentially doubled off the lows and we added with the 4Q guidance) and it’s now the 5th largest position in the portfolio with an average cost of $4.12.

  15. 15
    rmd Says:

    Putin to decide later Monday on recognizing independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

    This makes all the sense in the world is that is where the oil is. 1st make them separate with Russian leaning populations, then absorb or have to ‘protect’ them with occupation.

  16. 16
    rmd Says:

    DJ futures down 560.

  17. 17
    zman Says:

    SOI (unowned) – modest beat, non granular guidance.

    We are hearing strong sand pricing (over 100% increase in last nine months in some areas like the Permian).

  18. 18
    zman Says:

    BSM (unowned) – nice beat on volumes, guidance for 2022 is light to Street on timing.

  19. 19
    Bill Potter Says:

    Re 3

    at 3:39 there is a very good speech by Boris Johnson. In it he suggests that Germany has agreed that if Russia invades Ukraine, they will not commission Nord 2.

  20. 20
    zman Says:

    re 19 – yeah, Germany canned approval right after you posted. The Tuesday post is up:


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