Market Overview

Goldman Sachs Analyzed E&P Companies Patterson-UTI Energy and Transocean

Share:
Related PTEN
Patterson-UTI Drilling Activity For June 2015 - 122 Rigs In US, 2 In Canada
Susquehanna's 'Positive Bias' Toward Oilfield Services Stocks
Related RIG
Morning Market Losers
Benzinga's Top #PreMarket Losers
The Vetr community has downgraded $RIG to 2-Stars (Vetr)

In a report published Monday, Goldman Sachs analyst Wagar Syed commented on the 2014 U.S. land/service recovery influence on E&P companies. Syed upgraded Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEN) from Sell to Neutral and downgraded Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) from Neutral to Sell.

Goldman Sachs noted that Patterson shares have underperformed the OSX since the downgrade. The analyst reported that the 2014 EPS consensus has been correcting, in line with Syed's estimates. He further added, "Finally, we are getting more positive on E&P spending on US land and expect it to increase 6 percent in 2014. As E&P spending increases next year, and rig count starts to pick up, we should see PTEN's trading multiple appreciate." The analyst's EV/ ENITDA target multiple consequently increased from 4.0x to 4.5x.

Syed downgraded Transocean based on the new PT of $50 from $53. Goldman Sachs noted that Transocean has outperformed, "early signs of utilization/dayrate weakness in the deepwater market are emerging," and the company has contract renewal risk.

In addition, RIG is facing structural challenges and is a more expensive stock comparatively. The analyst expects 5th generation rig rates falling from $550K-$600K/day range to $480-$530K/day range and the resulting multiple contraction.

Patterson and Transocean closed at $22.28 and $49.50, respectively.

Latest Ratings for PTEN

DateFirmActionFromTo
Sep 2015Wells FargoDowngradesOutperformMarket Perform
Jul 2015Global HunterDowngradesBuyAccumulate
Jul 2015SunTrust Robinson HumphreyMaintainsNeutral

View More Analyst Ratings for PTEN
View the Latest Analyst Ratings

Posted-In: Goldman Sachs Wagar SyedAnalyst Color Upgrades Downgrades Price Target Analyst Ratings

 

Related Articles (PTEN + RIG)

Get Benzinga's Newsletters