Mason Granger is portfolio manager with Sentry Investments. His focus is on oil and gas stocks.
We view Longview as a relatively low-risk investment in energy with an attractive yield of 6.0%. We like the company's low decline rate production base, oil and liquids focus and solid financial position. We believe that the largest shareholder, Advantage Oil & Gas, is likely to reduce its 63% stake in the company and this would remove a key overhang on the stock.
(Last purchase was February 1, 2012 at $10.00/share)
Spartan Oil Corp
We like Spartan because of their large and contiguous light oil asset at Pembina and low-risk, repeatable development inventory. The recent equity financing has Spartan well funded to achieve considerable growth in production and cash flow in 2012.
(Last purchase was March 22, 2012 at $4.10/share)
(Last purchase was March 6, 2012 at $9.20/share)
Whitecap is a top pick of ours because of the significant weighting to crude oil, with one of the best growth profiles in the intermediate group. Whitecap is building a sustainable low-risk asset base and is likely to pursue a dividend paying model in 2013. It is our view that the shares will re-rate positively with this transition.
Past Picks: Oct. 13, 2011
Total return: -13.95%
Wild Stream Exploration
Total return: +3.79%
Total return: +6.64%
Total Return Average: -1.17%
In the near-term, we have a cautious view of global oil prices given the significant geopolitical risk premium and unknown outcome of Middle East tensions. First-quarter results for many Canadian companies may disappoint because of wide North American crude oil differentials and an earlier-than-normal spring break-up in Western Canada, which has impacted winter drilling programs. We continue to see little reason why natural gas will be able to stage a durable recovery in 2012 and are concerned about the potential pricing implications of full storage this fall.
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Compiled by Franklin Cameron, BNN Market Call Tonight