StoneCap Securities Initiates Coverage on Ithaca Energy with an Outperform Recommendation - Video Research Alert on InvestmentPitch.com
Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 18, 2013) - Investment firm StoneCap Securities initiates coverage on Ithaca Energy (TSX: IAE) (AIM: IAE). Analyst Victor Vallance gives the company an outperform rating and a 12-month target price of $3.50, which would give investors a projected return of 43% from the $2.44 price at the time the report was issued.
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Ithaca is a North Sea oil and gas operator focused on the delivery of lower risk growth through the appraisal and development of UK undeveloped discoveries, the exploitation of its existing UK producing asset portfolio, and a Norwegian exploration and appraisal portfolio.
Although a Canadian company, operations are conducted from Aberdeen, Scotland.
Ithaca has been operating in the North Sea since 2004 when it acquired exploration blocks during the 22nd Offshore Licensing Round. Through participation in subsequent licensing rounds and acquisitions, the company has accumulated a diversified portfolio of exploration, development and producing assets.
In April of this year, the company closed the acquisition of Valiant Petroleum for $430 million US, for a combination of cash and shares. Valiant has been a "game changer" for the company with production increasing from approximately 6,000 to 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 11 fields contributing to production. Total 2P reserves for the combined company are 69.8 million boes.
The primary growth engine for Ithaca over the next year is the Greater Stella Area development in which the company holds at 54.7% interest. Ithaca's share of the 2P reserves in the Greater Stella Area development is 33.8 million boes. This area is surrounded by numerous producing fields and undeveloped discoveries with major companies holding interests in numerous fields in addition to owning a large portion of the operating infrastructure. Current development activities are focused on the construction of a new Ithaca operated production hub.
Analyst Victor Vallance stated, "When fully on-stream, the Greater Stella Area development is expected to contribute net to the company 16,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, taking total company volumes, after factoring in declines over the next year, to over 25,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day."
The company is trading at $2.50, and with 317 million shares outstanding, is capitalized at $794 million.
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