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Target Price Raised on Texas Oil & Gas Firm
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The factors leading to the upgrade were addressed in a ROTH Capital Partners report.

In an April 23 research note, analyst John White reported that ROTH Capital Partners increased its target price on Diamondback Energy Inc. (FANG:NASDAQ) to $166 per share from $145 after revising its model on the company. In comparison, Diamondback's current share price is around $111.03.

White explained that ROTH's changes, which resulted in the $21 price target boost, are fourfold. They are the inclusion of the Energen reserves, the accounting for Diamondback's "hefty extensions and discoveries," the upward adjustments to its West Texas Intermediate crude oil price estimates and the downward revisions of its Henry Hub natural gas price projections.

Regarding future WTI prices, ROTH raised its short-term forecasts to $64 a barrel ($64/bbl) from $50 for Q2/19; to $62/bbl from $52 for Q3/19; and to $65/bbl from $55 for Q4/19. It increased its longer-term, 2020 and beyond, projection to $60/bbl from $55.

As for Henry Hub prices for the rest of 2019, ROTH lowered its short-term estimates to $2.50 per million British thermal units ($2.50/MMBtu) from $2.70 for Q2/19; to $2.60/MMBtu from $2.75 in Q3/19; and to $2.80/MMBtu from $2.75 in Q4/19. It kept its longer-term, 2020 and thereafter, forecast of $2.70/MMBtu.

White also noted that the investment banking firm revised its Q1/19 estimates on Diamondback by using actual oil and gas prices during the quarter. These led to decreases in earnings per share, to $1.38 from $2; in cash flow per share, to $3.45 from $3.91; and to EBITDA, to $652.1 million from $731.3 million.

ROTH maintained its Buy rating on Diamondback Energy.


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Disclosures from ROTH Capital Partners, Diamondback Energy Inc., Company Note, April 23, 2019

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ROTH makes a market in shares of Diamondback Energy, Inc. and as such, buys and sells from customers on a principal basis.

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