Concho Resources Inc.
) is moving ahead with its plan of trimming dearer debt with
cheaper ones. Focusing on this aspect, the company received
consent from its note holders with approximately $225.6 million
in aggregate principal amount for repurchase. The aforementioned
batch of senior notes from the total $300 million is slated to
mature in 2017 and carry a dearer coupon rate of 8.625%, which is
adding to the interest burden of the company.
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Concho Resources is also moving ahead with the issuance of
cheaper senior unsecured notes worth $850 million. The notes,
which carry a coupon rate of 5.5%, are due in 2023.
Concho Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas
company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploitation and
exploration of oil and natural gas properties. The company's
conventional operations are primarily focused in the Permian
Basin of Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. In addition, the
company is involved in a number of unconventional emerging
As of Dec 31, 2012, the company owned interests in approximately
1.3 million gross (745,000 net) acres in the New Mexico and Texas
Permian, alongside proved reserves of 458 million barrels of oil
However, recent times have not been particularly good for the
company. Earlier in May, the company reported weak first quarter
numbers. The bottom line fell 3.3% year over year owing to lower
prices dragging down revenues. Higher production at the same time
could salvage the performance only partially.
The company currently holds a Zacks Rank #3, which is equivalent
to a short-term Hold rating. However, there are other stocks in
the oil and gas sector -
Abraxas Petroleum Corp.
EPL Oil & Gas, Inc.
) - which hold a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and are expected to