Analyst Actions: Gulfport Energy Corp. Ests Revised, Target Raised $3 at Credit Suisse; Shrs At Yr Highs

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Credit Suisse says: "NAV Growth Trumps Execution Risk; Revising Estimates and Raising Target Price to $60 (from $57)"

Raise TP to $60, Reiterate Outperform. "Following 4Q12 results, we raise our target price to $60 (from $57) as we account for additional Utica inventory in our NAV estimate (from ~280 to 360 gross locations). We adjust our 2013/2014 EPS estimates -10%/+2% to $1.11/$3.02 on changes to our production and commodity price estimates and introduce our 2015 estimate of $3.16."

NAV Growth Will Continue to Overshadow Aggressive Guidance. "While aggressive 2013 production guidance (200-212% production growth) remains the primary push-back on the story, the reaction to flattish 1Q13 production growth sequentially demonstrates little near-term concern on the execution front, in our view. Despite 1Q13 guidance of 6.8-7.2 mboe/d, management reaffirmed 2013 production guidance of 21.4-22.2 mboe/d on the 4Q12 call. Further discussion with management this week following the announcement of delays to the Cadiz I and II processing plants by MarkWest ( MWE ) indicate GPOR remains confident in its 2013 production estimates. MWE anticipates having 385 mmcf/d of processing capacity online by 3Q13, and we estimate GPOR will average ~120 mmcfe/d of gas and NGL production volumes in 4Q13 leaving ample capacity."

Additional Utica Results 30-60 Days Out. "GPOR recently completed the two-well Lyon pad in southwestern Harrison County, OH and expects to flow the wells back in 30-60 days. In addition, the company recently began completion operations on the two-well Stout pad, also in southwestern Harrison County."

Valuation. "GPOR trades at a 29% discount to our revised 'PD-Plus' NAV estimate compared to a 13% discount for its peers. On EV/EBITDA (unhedged, futures strip), GPOR trades 8.8x 2013E and 4.2x 2014E vs. the peer group at 6.4x and 4.6x, respectively."



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