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February 26, 2014
10:38 EDTCHKChesapeake drops after earnings, says doesn't need to sell assets to survive
Shares of natural gas and oil explorer and producer Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are lower this morning after the company reported fourth quarter results that missed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Chesapeake reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 27c and revenue of $4.54B, which fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates of 41c and $4.86B, respectively. The company said daily production for the quarter averaged approximately 665,100 barrels of oil equivalent, an increase of 2% from the year-ago quarter and a 15% decrease from the third quarter. The company said the decrease was mainly due to a planned reduction in well connections during Q4, as well as severe weather that impacted production in October and December. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company said its proved reserves at December 31, 2013 were 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent, up 2% from year-end 2012. The company also provided an update on its asset sales, stating that in 2014 it has received $209M of net proceeds from the sale of its common equity ownership interest in Chaparral Energy and believes it will receive proceeds in excess of $150M during 2014 that were held back for title review or other purposes at the time of closing. These items should generate proceeds of about $1B, and Chesapeake sees the sale of these assets having a minimal impact on 2014 operating cash flow guidance. Looking ahead, the company sees 2014 total production up 2%-4% and sees its 2014 daily equivalent rate at 680mboe-695mboe. The company expects to have additional asset dispositions in 2014, potentially including a spin-off of COS to Chesapeake shareholders or an outright sale. On its earnings conference call, the company said it no longer needs to divest assets to survive or fund its drilling capital program. Chesapeake also commented that it has "a lot of noise" on its balance sheet, though major charges and quarterly earnings adjustments are "in the rear-view mirror". The company has no plans to issue new equity, management said. PRICE ACTION: Chesapeake Energy shares are down $1.75, or 6.5%, to $25.19 in mid-morning trading.
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July 29, 2014
10:03 EDTCHKChesapeake PRB swap, Utica buyback positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the Powder River Basin asset swap that Chesapeake executed and its plans to repurchase preferred shares of its Utica subsidiary as positives for the company, as the swap provides it with a more concentrated, high-quality acreage position and the repurchase simplifies its capital structure. However, the firm noted that the company's Q2 pricing update brings down its EPS estimate for the quarter by 4c. Wells maintains its Market Perform rating on the stock.
08:18 EDTCHKChesapeake sees Q2 realized NGL price ex-items $21.03 per barrel
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08:12 EDTCHKChesapeake agrees to repurchase all outstanding preferred shares of CHK Utica
Chesapeake also announced that it has agreed in principle to repurchase all of the outstanding preferred shares of its unrestricted subsidiary, CHK Utica from third-party preferred shareholders. Under the agreement, Chesapeake will pay approximately $1.26B to repurchase 1,060,000 preferred shares of CHK Utica. The proposed transaction, which is expected to close today, will retire Chesapeake’s highest cost leverage instrument and eliminate approximately $75M in annual cash dividend payments to third-party preferred shareholders. Chesapeake plans to fund the cash portion of the RKI acreage exchange and the repurchase of the CHK Utica preferred shares with available liquidity, including nearly $1.5B of unrestricted cash held on its balance sheet as of June 30. Chesapeake continues to refine its portfolio to focus on assets that best align with the company’s strategy of profitable growth from captured resources and expects to close additional sales of noncore assets, including non-E&P assets, by the end of 2014.
08:11 EDTCHKChesapeake announces exchange agreement with RKI Exploration
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July 20, 2014
11:58 EDTCHKCaterpillar, five others should benefit from global recovery, Barron's says
Caterpillar (CAT), Teradata (TDC), Kennametal (KMT), Capital One Financial (COF), T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are all relatively cheap and should benefit from global recovery, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link

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