TBE : TSX : C$2.12
Twin Butte Energy Ltd. is an intermediate producer focused on heavy oil development along the Lloydminster fairway of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company adopted a yield plus modest growth strategy upon closing its acquisition of Emerge Oil & Gas in early 2012.
Twin Butte released first quarter results largely in line with its guidance and CG/consensus estimates. Despite headwinds from wide heavy oil differentials, strong condensate prices that factor in its blending costs, adverse weather, and isolated production challenges at Primate, Twin Butte maintained a payout ratio below 100% with average production down only 1.6% QoQ. We have maintained our BUY rating on the stock and target price of C$3.20, based on a 1.0x multiple to NAV and reflecting a 2013 EV/DACF multiple of 6.8 times.
Q1 in line, no surprises. Production averaged 17,254 boe/d, in line with our estimate of 17,326 boe/d and consensus of 17,190 boe/d. CFPS of $0.13 was also in line with our $0.13 and consensus of $0.12.
Prudently scaled back CAPEX in January but narrowing differentials could enable re-acceleration in H2/13. Capital spending was previously scaled to $85 million (from $110 million) given isolated issues at Primate and widening heavy oil differentials. Given an improved differential outlook, we see potential for a H2/13 CAPEX increase of $5 to $10 million.
Payout ratio remains best in class; current dividend is solid. Twin Butte maintains one of the lowest total payout ratios amongst the high yield Intermediate E&P group with a total payout ratio pre/post DRIP of 100/95% on our 2013 estimates.
Twin Butte trades at a 0.7x multiple to CNAV, a 5.2x EV/DACF multiple and $41,800 per BOEPD based on our 2013 estimates, compared to peer group averages of 0.7x CNAV, 7.8x EV/DACF and $64,400/BOEPD.