In a July 29 research update, Research Capital Corp. Energy Analyst Bill Newman, CFA advised that public energy company Tenaz Energy Corp. (TNZ:TSX), has terminated its plans to acquire SDX Energy, Inc. (LON:SDX).
The analyst commented that Tenaz Energy said it terminated its agreement to acquire SDX Energy after it was unable to secure the number of votes necessary from SDX Energy's shareholders to go forward with the transaction. SDX owns producing assets in Egypt and Morocco which were believed to be a good fit with Tenaz's corporate strategy. According to the analyst, for the deal to be approved, 75% of SDX shareholders would have had to vote in favor of the transaction. When SDX could not secure the required threshold, the company elected to terminate the arrangement.
Tenaz Energy is focused on the acquisition and sustainable development of global oil and gas assets with solid prospects of returning free cash flow to shareholders. The company also is involved in the development of a semi-conventional oil project in the Leduc-Woodbend area in central Alberta.
The report from Research Capital noted that even though the cancellation of the deal was unfortunate, Tenaz still has a strong financial position which will allow it to pursue investments in other conventional and semi-conventional oil and gas assets in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region and to continue developing its large Rex oil field in Canada. In the meantime, the company is continuing with its efforts to identify new international targets that have proven reserves that offer high margin, low decline production, and development upside to support a free cash flow and high dividend payout model.
The analyst indicated that the firm does not carry any debt on its balance sheet and that as of March 31, 2022, it had positive working capital of CA$21 million and access to a CA$16 million credit facility if needed. When the company issued its results for Q1/22 it stated that it is continuing to buy back shares under its previously announced Normal Course Issuer Bid.
Development and production at the company's 44,000-acre Leduc-Woodbend Property Rex Oil Play are ongoing. The company holds an 87.5% working interest in the project which to date has 47 booked drilling locations. Research Capital mentioned that the property is expected to produce an average of 1,175 boe/d in 2022 that will provide a funds flow of CA$13.2 million.
Tenaz is an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Calgary that is engaged in the development of a large semi-conventional Rex oil pool in central Alberta Canada. The company is focused on acquiring and developing international oil and gas assets that are sustainable and capable of delivering free cash flow to shareholders. Tenaz Energy is actively seeking to establish new international operations in Europe, MENA, or South America.
Research Capital Corp. advised that it is maintaining its Speculative Buy rating and CA$5.00 price target for Tenaz Energy Corp. The research firm stated that though the cancellation of the acquisition presents a negative short-term impact for the company, the overall investment thesis remains intact.
Tenaz Energy Corp. shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "TNZ" and last closed for trading at CA$2.08 on Monday, August 1, 2022. The company has approximately 28.9 million (fully diluted) shares outstanding and a market cap of around CA$59.19 million.
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