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Denbury's (DNR) Low-Risk Business Model Looks Promising

On Oct 13, 2015, we issued an updated research report on Denbury Resources Inc.DNR .

Denbury has a relatively low-risk business model as it produces oil by applying tertiary recovery techniques to mature fields. Tertiary operations, therefore, remain the company's principal focus. The company's production from tertiary operations averaged 42,584 barrels per day in the second quarter of 2015, which represents a 4.1% increase, year over year. Contribution from continued field development and expansion of facilities at Hastings, Heidelberg, Oyster Bayou and Tinsley fields as well as production in the Rocky Mountain region from Bell Creek Field led to the increase.

Denbury remains on track to continue its growth momentum. The company, driven by higher contribution from its core tertiary operations, has been witnessing a steady improvement in production. Increased injection of CO2 and completion of the Greencore Pipeline interconnect also contributed to growth. Further, the horizontal wells at Shannon at Hartzog have demonstrated strong results and Riley Ridge is now producing natural gas from its plant. The ramp-up of these projects is likely to bear fruit in the coming years. As the company's production is fairly oil-weighted, we expect strong earnings and cash flow in the future.

With its in-house CO2 reserve base, Denbury has a significant competitive advantage in acquiring and exploiting mature oil reservoirs. Notably, CO2 is more effective in extracting oil using tertiary recovery techniques from mature reservoirs. Following the Bakken or CCA deals, Denbury has successfully transformed itself into a pure EOR entity associated with stable and highly visible long-term oil growth. Moreover, Denbury is shifting to man-made CO2, which might increase operating expenses by $0.50 per barrel but will erase worries of natural declines. This secure, high-margin tertiary growth as well as share buyback plan will likely continue to enhance the company's per-share metrics, helping it to outperform in 2015.

However, in addition to industry-wide oilfield cost inflation, the company's growing outlays reflect its exposure to higher energy costs (electrical and fuel charges), resulting from continuing emphasis on CO2 flooding techniques. Lower-than-expected response to CO2 flooding also remains a concern.

Further, Denbury's project inventory is concentrated mostly on a few tertiary recovery projects. Hence, the total company performance as well as profitability remains exposed to execution and operational risks of these individual projects.

Denbury's results are directly dependent on oil and gas prices, which are inherently volatile and subject to complex market forces. Realized prices could differ significantly from our estimates, and the company's revenues, earnings and cash flows could suffer. Denbury's results are also exposed to oil price differentials - net oil price received compared with NYMEX prices.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

Denbury carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked players from the same space are Natural Gas Services Group Inc. NGS , Matrix Service Company MTRX and ReneSola Ltd SOL . All these stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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