Put 25% Cash To Work

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Okay today is strong. There are dark spots, like the dollar and bonds. I know I said I would wait, but if I apply just 25% cash at these levels, I could get back to even quickly enough.

So I bought BAS, HCLP, and some VOC.

75% cash.

Cash To 50%

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Something is just…wrong here. Isn’t it?

A supermarket chain in the UK dropped that much? Wouldn’t oil have helped them? Greece plunged 11%? The EURUSD is dead, plumming along at 1.24.

These are 2009 type moves we’re seeing here. I’ve been looking at each of these events in a bottle, because I was blind to the obscene money I was making. Taken together, they spell a rather dark picture.

I didn’t sell any BAS, just CCJ, VOC and HCLP. If we get a good relief rally, well…let’s just say, I’m skittish now.

Restructuring

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Something had to be done.

It is December, so I cleared my head and made some tough choices. I sold completely out of AEC, ETP, and BTU. AEC and ETP are the only two positions I have that have held up (made money, really). I don’t want to part with them, but it’s the best move.

There will be immediate cries about selling winners and doubling down on losers. This is nonsense. I’m not doubling down on anything.

The sheer magnitude of this calamity has left me with an enormous, outstanding loss for the year. It’s December – no way in hell I can absorb that loss in less than 30 days.

The only way I can view this is as a window of opportunity to cash out my winners tax free.

Cash now stands at 25%.

I’m sitting on the cash. My preference, obviously, would be to deploy into a sector not at all tied to oil and gas. But if my worst fears come to fruition, that may not be a real thing.

Board Up The Windows

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Some of you may say this carnage is contained in the energy sector. It is not. The selling is across all fronts of commodities, currencies, and being sustained by a rally in bonds. It’s time to stop dicking around and call it like it is.

The market is pricing in another recession.

The past week has been the most painful I have ever experienced. The idea that just a week ago, I was flat for the year is preposterous to me. But it is true. In one week, the market has gone completely insane. Or perhaps it sees everything clearly and I have the blinders on.

Let’s create a hypothetical recession and talk about it. What would it look like? I think it’s safe to say that it would be much less severe than 2009. Every recession cannot be the worst recession ever, that would defy the statistics. I would also say that the central banks would step in much faster and more forcefully. We are watching the total dismantling of business right now. If you aren’t winning, you are losing…badly.

If we catch a recession, I am guessing it would last no more than 8 months and set us back just a few percentage points in growth. A mild trough, setting up for a quick recovery. This is the best guess I can offer, looking at the historical distribution of other recessions, as no data has yet presented itself that the US is in a recession.

As for cash, I have decided not to raise any. But…and this is a big “but”…I do not trade for a living. I have a job. The money I manage on this site is my own money and I can afford to watch it go through 50% swings. My demise is spared simply by not having any margin and picking positions that don’t fold.

My greatest fear is that BAS gets dragged into bankruptcy. That would be tragic. Understand that I am betting against this, knowing full well it could happen. I do not want to marginalize the risks here; this is GKK all over again (a company I once rode from $32 to $3). If you are mindlessly following me, you are in severe danger.

I’m probably right 60/40. That means I’m still wrong 40.

CAPEX budgets have started to reflect realities, for oil and gas development. That makes sense. If 20% reduction is to be extrapolated, no question we are about to watch many many names fold. The question is, are any of mine amongst them?

If the CAPEX cuts are handled skillfully, then producers will rally around a few favorite services firms, passing tough love judgment on the others, ushering about their ends. This is a normal occurrence, which we see in many industries that rely on suppliers/services firms.

If the CAPEX cuts are handled daftly, the entire E&G sector gets plunged into a black hole, and they don’t recover for a decade.

Let the game of chicken commence.

A Tale Of Two Companies

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For me, the most pressing of matters is the fate that awaits BAS. This may seems odd, but even after cutting its position sizing from almost 25% of my portfolio down to 10% in August, this singular company has had almost comic effect on my positions. The 5% or so in purchases I made throughout its decline can hardly be called the tipping point, as the source of my fate has been without a doubt the move BAS made from $29 to $6.

It is almost idiotic to speak of. Am I blind to something the rest of the market clearly spots? I am human, after all. Barely. But I am human.

So I decided to go take a walk down memory lane, to the dark days of 2010. It was a horrible time, following the worst recession the US had witnessed in almost 100 years. Oil prices had fallen from $140 to (for a few short months) the $30’s.

I believed that looking at these two companies, the BAS of 2010 and the BAS of today, I might learn something. Can BAS survive this oil price rout? Am I even now venturing down the path of my own demise?

I will let you decide.

Here is BAS’ balance sheet in June of 2010 (when oil was trading comparably to where it is today).

063010 BAS

And this is BAS’ balance sheet as of their most recent filing.

093014 BAS Balance Sheet

Go then, Slavs. Pass your judgment, if you dare. Argue that these are somehow different companies.

You Won’t Believe What Happened To Basic Energy Services’ Operation Data Last Month

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Nah, I’m just screwing with you. It was unchanged.

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Basic Energy Services, Inc. (BAS) (“Basic”) today reported selected operating data for the month of October 2014. Basic’s well servicing rig count remained unchanged at 421. Well servicing rig hours for the month were 77,800 producing a rig utilization rate of 73%, compared to 71% in both September 2014 and October 2013.

Fluid service truck utilization was up substantially. There was a tick down in drilling rig days, but those remain well above where they were the last time BAS was trading at $11.

Roe Patterson had this to say:

“October activity was strong across all of our business segments rebounding from the Labor Day and weather impacts during September. Our stimulation horsepower operated at near full utilization in October and we maintained price increases to offset higher operating costs.”

Sounds like doom and gloom there. Black smoke everywhere…

“We saw a significant increase in truck utilization in October, particularly in our Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain operating areas, as we continue to benefit from our longstanding strategy of centering our fluid service assets around our advanced disposal well network. Utilization levels in our well servicing and contract drilling segments were steady and remained in line with our expectations.

“While we are pleased with our customers’ current levels of activity, we are closely monitoring them as well as their expected 2015 spending plans. We have positioned ourselves to quickly make appropriate changes to our operating strategy as may be required.”

So far, there remains no proof that the sector is even slowing down. I’m sure there are some high speculation bets out there which will be destroyed. So stop buying husk.

Rumors of the demise of the energy and gas sector are way ahead of themselves.

Put 25% Cash To Work

367 views

Okay today is strong. There are dark spots, like the dollar and bonds. I know I said I would wait, but if I apply just 25% cash at these levels, I could get back to even quickly enough.

So I bought BAS, HCLP, and some VOC.

75% cash.

Cash To 50%

745 views

Something is just…wrong here. Isn’t it?

A supermarket chain in the UK dropped that much? Wouldn’t oil have helped them? Greece plunged 11%? The EURUSD is dead, plumming along at 1.24.

These are 2009 type moves we’re seeing here. I’ve been looking at each of these events in a bottle, because I was blind to the obscene money I was making. Taken together, they spell a rather dark picture.

I didn’t sell any BAS, just CCJ, VOC and HCLP. If we get a good relief rally, well…let’s just say, I’m skittish now.

Restructuring

688 views

Something had to be done.

It is December, so I cleared my head and made some tough choices. I sold completely out of AEC, ETP, and BTU. AEC and ETP are the only two positions I have that have held up (made money, really). I don’t want to part with them, but it’s the best move.

There will be immediate cries about selling winners and doubling down on losers. This is nonsense. I’m not doubling down on anything.

The sheer magnitude of this calamity has left me with an enormous, outstanding loss for the year. It’s December – no way in hell I can absorb that loss in less than 30 days.

The only way I can view this is as a window of opportunity to cash out my winners tax free.

Cash now stands at 25%.

I’m sitting on the cash. My preference, obviously, would be to deploy into a sector not at all tied to oil and gas. But if my worst fears come to fruition, that may not be a real thing.

Board Up The Windows

392 views

Some of you may say this carnage is contained in the energy sector. It is not. The selling is across all fronts of commodities, currencies, and being sustained by a rally in bonds. It’s time to stop dicking around and call it like it is.

The market is pricing in another recession.

The past week has been the most painful I have ever experienced. The idea that just a week ago, I was flat for the year is preposterous to me. But it is true. In one week, the market has gone completely insane. Or perhaps it sees everything clearly and I have the blinders on.

Let’s create a hypothetical recession and talk about it. What would it look like? I think it’s safe to say that it would be much less severe than 2009. Every recession cannot be the worst recession ever, that would defy the statistics. I would also say that the central banks would step in much faster and more forcefully. We are watching the total dismantling of business right now. If you aren’t winning, you are losing…badly.

If we catch a recession, I am guessing it would last no more than 8 months and set us back just a few percentage points in growth. A mild trough, setting up for a quick recovery. This is the best guess I can offer, looking at the historical distribution of other recessions, as no data has yet presented itself that the US is in a recession.

As for cash, I have decided not to raise any. But…and this is a big “but”…I do not trade for a living. I have a job. The money I manage on this site is my own money and I can afford to watch it go through 50% swings. My demise is spared simply by not having any margin and picking positions that don’t fold.

My greatest fear is that BAS gets dragged into bankruptcy. That would be tragic. Understand that I am betting against this, knowing full well it could happen. I do not want to marginalize the risks here; this is GKK all over again (a company I once rode from $32 to $3). If you are mindlessly following me, you are in severe danger.

I’m probably right 60/40. That means I’m still wrong 40.

CAPEX budgets have started to reflect realities, for oil and gas development. That makes sense. If 20% reduction is to be extrapolated, no question we are about to watch many many names fold. The question is, are any of mine amongst them?

If the CAPEX cuts are handled skillfully, then producers will rally around a few favorite services firms, passing tough love judgment on the others, ushering about their ends. This is a normal occurrence, which we see in many industries that rely on suppliers/services firms.

If the CAPEX cuts are handled daftly, the entire E&G sector gets plunged into a black hole, and they don’t recover for a decade.

Let the game of chicken commence.

A Tale Of Two Companies

816 views

For me, the most pressing of matters is the fate that awaits BAS. This may seems odd, but even after cutting its position sizing from almost 25% of my portfolio down to 10% in August, this singular company has had almost comic effect on my positions. The 5% or so in purchases I made throughout its decline can hardly be called the tipping point, as the source of my fate has been without a doubt the move BAS made from $29 to $6.

It is almost idiotic to speak of. Am I blind to something the rest of the market clearly spots? I am human, after all. Barely. But I am human.

So I decided to go take a walk down memory lane, to the dark days of 2010. It was a horrible time, following the worst recession the US had witnessed in almost 100 years. Oil prices had fallen from $140 to (for a few short months) the $30’s.

I believed that looking at these two companies, the BAS of 2010 and the BAS of today, I might learn something. Can BAS survive this oil price rout? Am I even now venturing down the path of my own demise?

I will let you decide.

Here is BAS’ balance sheet in June of 2010 (when oil was trading comparably to where it is today).

063010 BAS

And this is BAS’ balance sheet as of their most recent filing.

093014 BAS Balance Sheet

Go then, Slavs. Pass your judgment, if you dare. Argue that these are somehow different companies.

You Won’t Believe What Happened To Basic Energy Services’ Operation Data Last Month

244 views

Nah, I’m just screwing with you. It was unchanged.

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Basic Energy Services, Inc. (BAS) (“Basic”) today reported selected operating data for the month of October 2014. Basic’s well servicing rig count remained unchanged at 421. Well servicing rig hours for the month were 77,800 producing a rig utilization rate of 73%, compared to 71% in both September 2014 and October 2013.

Fluid service truck utilization was up substantially. There was a tick down in drilling rig days, but those remain well above where they were the last time BAS was trading at $11.

Roe Patterson had this to say:

“October activity was strong across all of our business segments rebounding from the Labor Day and weather impacts during September. Our stimulation horsepower operated at near full utilization in October and we maintained price increases to offset higher operating costs.”

Sounds like doom and gloom there. Black smoke everywhere…

“We saw a significant increase in truck utilization in October, particularly in our Permian Basin and Rocky Mountain operating areas, as we continue to benefit from our longstanding strategy of centering our fluid service assets around our advanced disposal well network. Utilization levels in our well servicing and contract drilling segments were steady and remained in line with our expectations.

“While we are pleased with our customers’ current levels of activity, we are closely monitoring them as well as their expected 2015 spending plans. We have positioned ourselves to quickly make appropriate changes to our operating strategy as may be required.”

So far, there remains no proof that the sector is even slowing down. I’m sure there are some high speculation bets out there which will be destroyed. So stop buying husk.

Rumors of the demise of the energy and gas sector are way ahead of themselves.

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