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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 analystsí 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.
News For CHK From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
11:14 EDTCHKStocks with call strike movement; CHK PBR
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:45 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT
Sterne Agee CRT upgraded Chesapeake (CHK) two notches to Buy from Underperform and increased its price target to $13 from $9. The firm said shares are now oversold and the "short" call is now crowded. Sterne Agee CRT said management is working to mitigate the near-term liquidity drain and is aggressively pursuing alternatives to keep pipeline counter-party Williams Companies (WMB) whole on its contract, which could reset shares higher. The firm said the focus should be on Chesapeake's absolute liquidity and raised estimates to reflect slightly improved NGL fundamentals. Sterne Agee CRT recommends trading oriented accounts cover shorts and go long as any catalyst may drive a short squeeze rally in shares.
June 25, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:48 EDTCHKChesapeake options active as share trend lower
Chesapeake July 11 and 12 puts are active on total put volume of 59K contracts (43K puts). July call option implied volatility is at 42, August is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 68. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:56 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston downgraded Chesapeake Energy (CHK) to Sell after his firm cut its long-term normalized natural gas price forecast to $4.00 from $4.50. Featherston thinks Chesapeake carries "far too much financial leverage" and he views the shares as expensive relative to peers. The analyst cut his price target for the stock to $11 from $16. Shares of the natural gas producer closed yesterday down 22c to $11.56. Featherston coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Marathon Oil (MRO) to Buy.
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM

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