Corvex Management Boosts Energen Position ~ market folly

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Corvex Management Boosts Energen Position

Keith Meister's activist hedge fund Corvex Management has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding its stake in Energen (EGN). Per the filing, Corvex now owns 5.5% of EGN with over 5.37 million shares. This is up from the previous 1.34 million shares they owned at the end of the first quarter. 

The filing was made due to activity on May 22nd.  The 13D notes that they've been quite active buying call options and selling put options and you can view the full list of transactions here.

They've had discussions with management and Corvex feels that:

"(Energen) has some of the most attractive leaseholds for oil and gas development in the Permian Basin. However, despite this leading asset position, the Issuer’s operational performance has fallen short of its peer companies, leading to underperformance both in terms of financial results and shareholder returns. As a result, the Reporting Persons’ believe the Issuer needs to strongly consider what actions can be taken to enhance and maximize shareholder value – including a review of the potential value delivered to shareholders through a change of control transaction given the recent wave of acquisitions in the Permian Basin at per acre values well in excess of the Issuer’s current implied value."

For more on this fund, Keith Meister also recently presented at the Sohn Conference New York and you can catch up on his presentation here.

Per Google Finance, Energen is "an oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas properties and natural gas. Its operations are conducted through subsidiary, Energen Resources Corporation and occur within the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin and the Central Basin Platform areas of the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing its oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas production and proved reserves through active development and/or exploratory programs in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2016, oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas represented approximately 60%, 20% and 20% of its reserves. As of December 31, 2016, its development activities added approximately 327 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) of reserves from the drilling of 623 gross development, exploratory and service wells and 73 well recompletions and pay-adds."

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