Botswana Diamonds, C&C Group, Formation Group, Irish Continental Group, Irish shares, Irish Stock Exchange, Irish value investing, ISEQ, Kingspan Group, Minco, Orogen Gold, TGISVP, The Great Irish Share Valuation Project, Tullow Oil
Continued from here:
[NB: Worth revisiting Part I if you're a new reader, or you'd like a refresher on TGISVP & my approach to the whole project.]
Company: Tullow Oil
Price: GBP 800p
Well, I’ve definitely offended TLW shareholders in the past two years – particularly in 2012, when I predicted a 339p price target (vs. a share price of 1543p at the time). WTF..?! But I must admit, their response was far more dignified than that of the junior resource hoi polloi – clearly a better class of people. [The other day, I was amused to read about a US small-cap CEO lamenting his shareholder base used to 'include those nice guys at Fidelity', but now it was 'just guys in muscle tees from Jersey!'] Hmmm, maybe they just weren’t taking me too seriously? But at this point, I bet they’re taking their bloody losses seriously. ;-) Ouch, down nearly 50% in the past two years (after bouncing from a recent 736p low).
Well, Tullow obviously needs to pick up its game on the exploration front, results were decidedly mixed in 2013. [It's interesting to see how exploration drilling success (or failure) is still such a primary share price driver for a company the size of Tullow]. At this point, continued exploration success in Kenya has become increasingly important for the company, with estimated gross recoverable resources of 600 million boe (potentially a billion boe plus) to tap. I suspect we’ll also see a continuing secondary focus on Atlantic Margins exploration, but other non-core exploration (& mature production) assets will be likely disposal targets. Which explains the latest annual report cover: Africa’s Leading Independent Oil Company - current production in West Africa, future potential in East Africa.