Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Anadarko (NYSE:APC) Building Up Strong Cash Balance, Production Guidance Down

The latest quarterly report of Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) was somewhat mixed, reflecting lower international production, but stronger production in the U.S.

Ticonderoga did say one thing they like is the way Anadarko is building up their cash balance.

"Anadarko reported its 3Q last night. The GAAP results were ($0.05)/share versus our ($0.10)/share estimate. Adjusted earnings were $0.26/share versus consensus of $0.29/share. 3Q production was 629.3 kboe/d versus our 613.5 kboe/d estimate. U.S. oil production was at the high end of company guidance, while international oil production was at the low end of guidance. 4Q production is forecast to be down 2% to 617 kboe/d based on the midpoint of guidance. Previously, we had been forecasting production to be up 1%. Most notably, U.S. gas production next quarter is forecast to be down 5.5% over 3Q," said Ticonderoga.

"We are marking our estimates to reality and incorporating 4Q guidance. Our 4Q estimate rises to ($0.23)/share from ($0.17)/share, and the full year increases to $1.06/share from $0.94/share. Most interestingly on the financial front is the fact that APC is amassing a considerable cash balance."

Anadarko closed up at $63.82, gaining $0.66, or 1.04 percent on Tuesday. Ticonderoga maintains a "Neutral" rating on them.

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