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David Einhorn: U.S. Oil Drillers 'Dramatically Overvalued'

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David Einhorn: U.S. Oil Drillers 'Dramatically Overvalued'

In a presentation at the Sohn Conference in New York on Monday, Greenlight Capital manager David Einhorn gave a humorous but extremely critical presentation about U.S. oil drillers. Einhorn specifically singled out Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) as a driller with a massively overvalued share price based on the fundamentals of its business.

Are Oil Drilling Stocks Worthless?

The major theme of Einhorn’s presentation was that oil drillers spend too much money on drilling, regardless of the price of oil. Historically, as oil prices increased above $100 per barrel, drillers spend even more money on drilling.

Now that oil prices have fallen to about half their previous levels in the past year, Einhorn believes many drillers will continue to hemorrhage cash indefinitely. “A business that burns cash and doesn’t grow isn’t worth anything,” Einhorn concluded bluntly.

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Why Pioneer?

Einhorn picked on Pioneer, calling it the “mother fracker” and pointing out that the company loses $0.20 for every dollar it spends on drilling. He also called out the company for continuing to use assumptions of $90 per barrel oil prices and $5/MMBTU gas prices for its resource estimates in its investor presentation less than a month ago.

Einhorn suggested a value of $78 per share for Pioneer, arguing that the stock would be “dramatically overvalued” even if oil were to return to peak pricing.

“Father Fracker” And Other Names

In addition to referring to EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG) as the “father fracker,” Einhorn also mentioned Concho Resources Inc (NYSE: CXO), Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), and Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CLR) when referring to the types of companies to which his presentation “generally applies.”

Most of the names mentioned traded flat on Monday, however shares of Pioneer fell by 1.9 percent.

Latest Ratings for PXD

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jul 2020Morgan StanleyMaintainsOverweight
Jun 2020UBSMaintainsBuy
Jun 2020Wells FargoMaintainsOverweight

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