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NOV Banks on Growing Demand for Longer Laterals, Improved Monitoring

On April 27, 2017, National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) released its Q1’17 results to investors in its quarterly earnings call. During the first quarter, the company booked orders for75,000 HHP additional hydraulic fracturing equipment, bringing the company’s 2017 total to 150,000 HHP 30 high-spec well servicing rigs, featuring components that optimize a rig’s ability to adapt to a variety of applications, including extended lateral completions 16 NOVOS™ rig operating systems, which automate drilling activities and leverage real-time data for optimizing...

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Earnings Season Recap: E&Ps Prepare for 10%+ Cost Increases

Key Themes from Last Week's Earnings CallsE&P capital remains unchanged going into the second quarter Frac crews are sparse as many pressure pumpers continue to reactivate fleets Drillers see increased day rates to around $20K per day as operators continue increased drilling programs Frac sand prices are increasing as sand shortages continue Sand companies looking to increase supply with greenfield and brownfield expansionThe DetailsRange Resources (NYSE: RRC) drilled 3 laterals over 15,000’ and seven over 10,000’ in the...

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A Shortage of Frac Sand Will Bring Supply Chain Challenges

Many oilfield service and supply companies, including Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Hi-Crush (NYSE: HCLP), U.S. Silica (NYSE: SLCA), and Fairmount Santrol (NYSE:FMSA) have cited a shortage of frac sand for the U.S. shale plays, specifically 40/70 in the Permian Basin.Advancements in the horizontal drilling and completion techniques of leading shale E&P’s are driving frac sand demand to new high points. The significance of multi-well pad drilling in the Permian increased each of last several years, even during the downturn. In...

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Pioneer Energy Services Banks on Increased Activity in 2017

On February 17, 2017, Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE: PES) shared with investors its Q4’16 results and some details from its Q1’17 guidance. The company’s drilling rig utilization was 48% in Q4’16, up from 38% in Q3’16; for Q1’17, utilization is expected to increase to 70-73%.Forty-one percent of PES’ TTM revenue came from its US drilling services and 57% from its production services, encompassing well servicing, wireline, and coiled tubing:Source: Pioneer Energy Services Investor Presentation, February 2017 The company reported that some...

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Patterson-UTI Increases Average Rig Count, Moves Closer to Merger

On February 9, 2017, Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN) reported financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.In the fourth quarter of 2016, Patterson’s average rig count in the United States increased by six to a total of 66 rigs. As a result of the decrease in the proportion of rigs on standby, total average rig operating costs per day during Q4’16 increased to $13,770, compared to the previous quarter of $13,180. Without the decrease...

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Sanchez Energy (NYSE: SN) Expects to Double Production in 2017

Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE: SN) had a blockbuster 2016, partnering with Blackstone the companies acquired Anadarko’s acreage in the Eagle Ford which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. This acquisition adds 132 DUCs, 3,400 drilling locations and 67,000 net Boe per day. The company optimized its well design in Catarina decreasing drilling and completion costs which are currently around $3 million per well.     In 2017, the company is expecting to spend $425 to $475 million and increasing...

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Marathon Unveils $2.2 Billion 2017 Capital Program

On February 15, 2017, Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) announced results from Q4 and FY 2016 and unveiled a 2017 capital program of $2.2 billion, with over 90 percent allocated to its high-return U.S. resource plays. Oklahoma Led Production in the Fourth Quarter On the operations side, Marathon’s production averaged 341,000 BOED in Q4 2016, with assets in the Oklahoma Resource Basins reporting a production increase of 60% over Q4 2015. E&P production costs for North America were down more than 30%...

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Anadarko Divests in 2016 to Accelerate Activity in the Delaware and DJ Basins

On January 31, 2017, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) announced its Q4 earnings as well as its full-year results for 2016. In 2016 Anadarko improved cost structure and advanced efficiency initiatives, resulting in a 50% reduction in capital investments relative to 2015.Specific highlights of 2016 cited in the announcement included the following: Value-Accretive Monetizations In Q4 Anadarko signed agreements to divest assets in the Marcellus Shale ($1.24 billion) and the Eagle Ford Shale ($2.3 billion). Both transactions are expected to close by the...

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