Advantage Oil and Gas
Shares of Advantage are down 25% this year, and a recovery doesn’t seem to be in sight despite the company’s positive results.
Advantage Is Making the Right Moves
Advantage’s second-quarter production increased 22% year over year to nearly 43,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. What’s impressive is that this production growth was achieved despite the fact that the company’s adjusted funds flow was higher than its net capital expenditure by $6 million in the first half of the year.
Thanks to the higher production, Advantage’s revenue increased to $60 million during the quarter as compared to the year-ago period’s figure of $45.3 million. Also, the company swung to a profit of $3.4 million as compared to a loss of over $15 million in the year-ago quarter.
Its adjusted funds flow also increased year over year to $0.18 per share as compared to $0.12 per share in the year-ago quarter. Net capital expenditures, meanwhile, fell to $19.6 million as compared to $25.3 million a year ago.
So there was a lot to like about Advantage’s latest quarterly report even though it witnessed a massive plunge as far as prices were concerned. The company’s average realized price of liquids fell to $51.76 per BOE during the quarter as compared to 72.32 per BOE during the year-ago period.
But because Advantage relies on natural gas for the majority of its production (liquids supplied 2,900 barrels per day), it benefited from a slight increase in the price of the commodity to $2.17/Mcf from $2.05 per Mcf a year ago.
Investors Need to Remain Patient
It is clear that the market is punishing Advantage for no fault of its own. The company is making the right moves from an operational point of view and is getting rewarded accordingly. Looking ahead, there might be a turnaround in the fortunes of Advantage stock as the possibility of better market access in Canada is shaping up.
As reported by the Financial Post:
So there is a good chance that natural gas prices in Canada might stabilize in the future. If that happens, Advantage Oil and Gas stock will be capable of delivering an upside because the company is taking the right steps to keep growing from an operational perspective.
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