CAM High Yield Weekly Insights
Fund Flows & Issuance: According to a Wells Fargo report, flows week to date were $0.08 billion and year to date flows stand at -$9.2 billion. New issuance for the week was $0.0 billion and year to date HY is at $172 billion. This past week was very much a typical late summer lull.
(Oil & Gas Journal) US rig count falls 6 units to 940
- The overall US rig count has fallen again this week, marking the fourth straight week of declines. Baker Hughes’ calculation of active US rigs dropped 6 units during the week ended Aug. 25 to 940.
- Rigs drilling for oil fell 4 units to 759 rigs working, while those rigs targeting natural gas also declined 2 units to 180 rigs. Rigs unclassified sat unchanged at 1 unit.
- The US rig count is up 451 rigs from last year’s count of 489, with oil rigs up 353, gas rigs up 99, and unclassified rigs down 1 to 1.
- Among the major oil and gas-producing states, Texas and Pennsylvania were down 3 rigs each to respective counts of 456 and 31. Oklahoma, Utah, and Alaska were down 1 rig each to respective counts of 130, 8, and 4.
- In Canada, the overall rig count climbed 3 units this week to reach 217. Rigs drilling for oil fell 6 units to 115 and those targeting gas gained 9 units to 102. The total count is up 71 units from this time a year ago when 146 rigs were operating.
(Bloomberg) Altice to Buy Back Up to $1.2 Billion in Stock, Will Eye M&A
- Billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice NV plans to buy back as much as 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) of stock during the next 12 months, while continuing to look for potential acquisition targets.
- The telecommunications company will buy A and B shares on the Amsterdam exchange, according to a statement Monday. “Going forward, Altice will continue to assess the use of excess cash for either significantly accretive M&A opportunities or further shareholder returns,” the company said.
- Altice said the buyback reflects its confidence in achieving near-term financial targets, reiterating all its 2017 goals. An acquisition push in the U.S. has helped Drahi diversify Altice beyond a stagnant European telecommunications market, and the company has said its Altice USA unit is seeking to grow further through takeovers after its initial public offering in June.
- The company is working on a potential offer to buy Charter Communications Inc., following other possible suitors including Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. in targeting the U.S. cable carrier, people familiar with the matter said this month. Altice is also considering other potential acquisitions, one of the people said.
(CNN) U.S. company gives up control of world’s No. 2 copper mine
- Freeport-McMoRan agreed Tuesday to give up its majority stake in the massive Grasberg gold and copper mine, ceding control to the Indonesian government in what is likely to be seen as a victory for President Joko Widodo.
- The U.S. miner’s ownership stake will be reduced from 90% to 49%, Indonesia’s energy minister Ignasius Jonan said at a joint press conference with Freeport CEO Richard Adkerson. The exact time of the handover is under discussion, they said.
- Freeport and its local subsidiary have conducted mining and exploration activities since 1988 at the 525,000-acre complex, which includes a massive open pit mine.
- But many Indonesians objected to their country’s mineral resources being mined by a foreign corporation, and the project has long faced opposition — and even violent protests — from locals in the eastern province of Papua.
- Jonan said Tuesday that the agreement wants to “prioritize the national interest” and the “importance of the people of Papua.” He said that control of the mine would also give Indonesia sovereignty over its natural resources.
- Freeport has agreed to build a new processing and refining facility for the mine, and — if other conditions are met — it will be allowed to operate the project until 2041.
(Bloomberg) Largest U.S. Refiner Shuts as New Harvey Landfall Extends Damage
- Harvey’s second landfall, hitting southwest Louisiana near the Texas border, expanded the growing list of damaged oil refineries, shutting down two key plants, including America’s largest.
- The latest hit list potentially reduces U.S. fuel-making capacity to the lowest since 2008, following Hurricane Ike. Motiva Enterprises LLC’s Port Arthur facility in Texas, the biggest U.S. refinery, is shutting because of severe flooding, said a person with knowledge of the operations. Total SA’s refinery in Port Arthur is out with a power loss, a person familiar with that plant said. Those plants are located less than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the tropical storm’s 4 a.m. Wednesday landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana.
- The two refineries join more than a dozen others with a combined ability to produce more than 4 million barrels a day, or about 23 percent of U.S. capacity, that are at least partially offline. Gasoline futures are at the highest in two years, and the fuel’s premium to crude is at a 16-month high.
- “These closures are already impacting markets with crude prices lower on a perceived drop in demand and gasoline prices spiking in response to lower supply,” Sandy Fielden, director of research commodities and energy at Morningstar Commodities Research, said in an emailed note.