What is “optionality”? In investing, it’s having a lot of upside with very little downside.  I would also call that an asymmetrical trade. At $45-$50 per barrel oil, most producers no optionality.  They can’t grow—or if they can, it’s only by a small amount, like 5-10%. But I found The Company—with enormous...
Heavy oil stocks will be The Top Investment in Energy if oil keeps gaining past the $45/barrel mark. The secret is in the numbers.  Let me show you how and why using Baytex Energy (BTE-NYSE/TSX) as a perfect example—because they have both light shale oil in the Eagle Ford and...
When you talk to management teams of public companies directly, you get a lot more colour on the company...and of course, on who the CEO is as a person. It helps you decide if the company and stock are a good fit for you.  Institutions get that luxury all...
Energy Companies And Share Buybacks – A Lesson In Capital MismanagementThe job of the men and women at the top of Big Oil is to help manage capital through the volatile cycles of this business.For that they are handsomely rewarded with big salaries and stock options.These are experienced people...
Top Energy and Mining CEOs on Hot Seat March 5 in Toronto. Investors, Here's Your Free Invite Hedge fund activist investor Zach George of FrontFour Capital will deliver the keynote address at the Subscriber Investment Summit on March 5, 2016 at the Hilton Toronto. Photo: Colleen De Neve / Calgary Herald (Source) Contrary to popular...
There are very few business models that work in the energy patch right now—especially upstream, where the producers are.  The industry produces too much oil globally and too much natural gas in North America—that oversupply has driven prices into the ground. Even in the downstream  markets—where the refineries are—they have...
Do you know what a royalty is? I don’t mean the Queen of England.  In business, it’s where one party gets a small slice of revenue—with no costs. It’s a free ride. In oil and gas, it’s often called a GORR—Gross OverRiding Royalty. In mining, it’s often called an NSR—Net Smelter Return,...
Commodity’ is now a four letter word. Metal prices have collapsed.  Oil is plummeting.  Natural gas and coal are struggling, and iron ore is on death’s door. But right now, there is one commodity that everyone agrees will rise in price this year. The Big Banks are piling into the idea. Analyst...