In an April 29 research report, Raymond James analyst John Freeman reported that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC:NYSE) intends to resume negotiations with Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY:NYSE), which submitted a competing acquisition bid on April 24, 2019.
Freeman noted further that Anadarko's board concluded that "Occidental's proposal could reasonably be expected to result in a 'superior bid' relative to the terms of Anadarko's agreement with Chevron." Should that be the case, Chevron Corp. (CVX:NYSE) would have four days to respond to Occidental's loftier proposal with one of its own.
In other news, Freeman indicated, Anadarko posted "strong" numbers for Q1/19, "delivering a beat across the board on production, earnings and capital expenditures." These achievements resulted in a Q1/19 adjusted earnings per share for Anadarko of $0.53, twice that of consensus' $0.24 forecast.
Specifically, production was about 3% higher than Raymond James and the Street's forecasts, and showed outperformance in all commodities. Also positive, Q1/19 operating expenses were lower than expected, with lease operating expenses per barrel of oil equivalent coming in at about 10% below the midpoint of Q1/19 guidance.
Raymond James has a Market Perform rating but no target price on Anadarko.[NLINSERT]
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