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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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March 31, 2015
08:13 EDTAPAApache reports results from discoveries in Egypt's western desert
Apache reported strong appraisal- and development-drilling results from Egypt following the previously announced discovery of two new oil fields in the Western Desert. The initial discoveries were announced with the fourth quarter 2014 results on Feb. 12, 2015. Development leases were approved by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Ministry of Petroleum in record time, taking only 13 days from submission of the development plan for Berenice, and only six days for Ptah. The Berenice and Ptah fields are located in the Faghur Basin along the same fault trend in the Khalda Offset Concession. Exploration and drilling efforts are targeting rock from both the Mesozoic and deeper Paleozoic eras. These targets are a PRIMARY focus for Apache Egypt and have proven successful in this area with oil and gas discoveries made at the nearby Shu-1X, Apries-1X, Bat-1X and Geb-1X wells, although Ptah is the largest new field found in the play thus far. Five wells, including the discovery wells, have been completed to date by Khalda Petroleum Company, Apache's joint-venture company with EGPC. All five wells are producing without the need for fracture stimulation at a combined rate of more than 13,600 barrels of oil per day with first production starting in November 2014. The wells have produced approximately 1 million barrels of oil to date. Apache has invested $14 million to install production facilities and plans to invest another $35 million to handle the forecasted production increase. The Berenice field started producing light oil from the Cretaceous-aged Alam El Buieb formations in November 2014. Three wells are currently producing more than 9,500 bbl/d from a 700-acre drainage area with pay zones that range between 38 feet and 142 feet. The Ptah field started producing light oil from the Paleozoic-aged Shiffah Formation in December 2014. This field also has substantial target zones logged in the AEB-3D/-3E formations that have yet to be tested. In the Shiffah, the field discovery well is currently producing 2,350 bbl/d and a second well started production in March 2015 at a rate of 2,000 bbl/d.
March 23, 2015
10:00 EDTAPAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:15 EDTAPAApache downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Apache to Neutral after resuming coverage of the stock and cut its price target for shares to $60 from $74.

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