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February 14, 2013
14:47 EDTAPAApache sees FY13 CapEx $10.5B, total production growth of 3%-5%
Says approximately $4B of capital will be invested in onshore U.S. where production should grow in excess of 20%, driven primarily by the company's Permian and central region drilling programs. Projects North American oil production to grow by 14% in 2013, up from 12% in 2012. Additionally, the 2013 plan calls for $2.2B of investments in 10 year-long infrastructure projects, which represents nearly 21% of the total 2013 capital budget. As a result of this capital allocation choice and taking into consideration production declines in certain regions, Apache (APA) expects total production to grow by 3%-5% in 2013. Management says it has a robust project pipeline in motion that will provide a stable base of free cash flow for decades and include broad exposure to quality resource and exploration opportunities around the world. The company plans to drill more wells in 2013 than 2012, with an estimated total of nearly 1,600. Almost two-thirds of all planned wells will be drilled in the Permian and Anadarko basins of the U.S. and are expected to generate fully loaded after-tax rates of return in excess of 20% at planned commodity prices. For 2013, Apache plans to continue to accelerate activity as it ramps up drilling across extensive acreage position in the Anadarko and Whitenburg basins. Management noted it expects Q1 production to be down sequentially due to weather related events in Australia, however that downtime has been incorporated into FY13 production guidance. Comments taken from the company's Q4 earnings conference call.
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07:36 EDTAPAAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link

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