Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) Initiates Coverage on Key Energy (NYSE:KEG), Oceaneering (NYSE:OII), Drill-Quip (Nasdaq:DRQ), National Oilwell (NYSE:NOV)

A number of financial institutions launched coverage on a number of energy companies, and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) initiated coverage on Key Energy Services, Inc (NYSE:KEG), Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII), Drill-Quip, Inc. (Nasdaq:DRQ) and National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV).

On Key Energy Services, which Wells started off with a "Market Perform," they said, "We like KEG's transformation strategy and initial focus on heavy duty, workover rigs, and large-diameter, coiled tubing units. Legacy U.S. rigs should benefit from a 10%+ rise in flowing oil wells over the next 18 months. Finally, it's pushing into new foreign markets, like Colombia and MENA. But, it's pricing in credit for much of this and, before considering higher multiples, we'd prefer to see more results."

They have a valuation range of $10.70 to $11.25 on Key Energy.

On National Oilwell Varco, they were started with an "Outperform" by Wells.

They said, "NOV's narrative has shifted from one plotline--the global rig construction boom - to several, some underappreciated in our view. While an encore of the '05-08 frenzy is unlikely, newbuilding has strong, secular drivers across asset types that are spurring a pick-up, with PetrobrĂ¡s about to move on its first 9 floaters, and U.S. contractors regrowing shale-oriented fleets; and should ensure an ongoing, healthy flow. But, NOV also 1) is the best positioned in the rig equipment aftermarket; 2) has grown its exposure to FPSOs; 3) should make more $500MM+ acquisitions."

A valuation of $63.00 to $65.00 was placed on them.

Drill-Quip, Inc. was started off with a "Market Perform" rating.

Wells said about them, "The purest, deepwater capital equipment play, DRQ is a well run manufacturer that, over a 2011-12 expected upturn in floater activity, should generate highly competitive earnings growth and returns. Beyond 2012, it's well positioned for Petrobras' planned 20+ newbuilds, and continued, general secular growth. DRQ's valuation premium is warranted and largely reflects its appeal as takeover target. However, we presently find the stock fairly valued and await a better entry point."

A valuation range of $66.00 to $71.00 was placed on them by Wells.

Oceaneering Int'l was launched with an "Outperform by Wells Fargo.

"OII offers compelling risk-reward. We think potential variance to its expected U.S. Gulf of Mexico earnings is skewed to the upside. Globally, the floater fleet should expand by 61 new units and shift towards a more equal balance between exploration and development. Both factors should fuel ROVs and Subsea Products growth. Finally, OII should use its ample fire power continue to return cash, most likely via share repurchases, and make accretive, if likely tiny, acquisitions."

A valuation range of $63.00 to $66.00 was appointed by Wells on Oceanering.

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