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.

Moody For No Reason

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You would think I’d be in a good mood, presently up more than 1% with seven out of eight stocks green. But my mood is sullen and sulky and dark.

BAS has me in a silent furry, washing over the walls of the room. The cat finally could not stand my presence, which seemed to put her on edge; her tail swishing her way to light side steps about me while she dared whether or not to approach. Finally, caution got the better of her and she briskly toed out the door.

I want to hurt the people hurting BAS. I want them to suffer a long, drawn out demise. I want it to be humiliating.

It’s not enough for me to win, anymore. This selloff was so spectacularly stupid, I want those across the table from me to lose. We’re past the grounds for accepting victory. I want to salt the earth of the conquered, burn the heritage landmarks to ashes, then shoot the first born.

I don’t just want a massive victory. Now I also want it to be brutal.

Made Purchases of BAS, HCLP and VOC

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I deployed 2.5% of my account to buy BAS at $12.61.

I put another 2% of my account into HCLP for $47.18.

I put another 3% of my account into VOC for $9.83.

Small margin balance. I am not just commenting when I say I am betting on oil. What we are experience in the oil market is not at all unusual. What is unusual is the sheer lengths that people have taken to sell oil stocks, with almost no evidence, other than a little correction in oil prices, that they are right.

Traders Playing BAS Are Out Of Their Minds

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Okay, I’ve read the report from BAS and can comfortably say that those who are pressing BAS shares lower are mentally unhinged.

Today – October 24, 2014 – a prospective investor could purchase shares of BAS for about $13.60. BAS just reported earnings of $0.24 a share, up from $0.06 last quarter. At a current book value of just under $7; and even playing coy and considering BAS earnings of $0.15 a quarter from here forward; BAS is priced with a risk threshold of just 11 years.

At the most recent earnings of $0.24, that threshold drops to a theoretical breakeven point of just under 7 years.

BAS is priced perfectly reasonably, and that gets you exposure to a company that grew revenues an additional 10% in the last three months. Year over year, BAS is growing at a more than 20% clip.

BAS hit these numbers without even factoring in additional operation capacity that is being brought online later this year. Consider for example completion and remedial services, where as of September 30, 2014, Basic had roughly 413,000 HHP up from approximately 351,000 HHP at the end of the previous quarter and 292,000 HHP as of September 30, 2013 – that’s a 42% increase in capacity.

But oil prices are going to render that excess capacity worthless, right? Actually I defer to the CEO on this subject:

“We have not seen a reduction of activity by our customers due to the recent decline in oil prices, and none have indicated reductions in their 2015 growth plans. Early indications of these capital spending programs look to be slightly higher than 2014 levels. We will monitor utilization rates closely and should we see any meaningful pullback, we will react quickly as we have historically.”

So to recap; BAS is a company growing at a rate that makes it the envy of the party, which even excluding any additional growth is moderately priced, down 9% today because people are concerned, mind you, that maybe the industry might slow down (of which there is no indication whatsoever that BAS would be hurt disproportionately or even that that is happening).

Let me put this all into perspective for you. You could go out today and buy shares of BAS for the same price that you could get them last year when the company was losing $0.17 per share per quarter. The market is giving BAS no premium whatsoever for going from an unprofitable company, to a profitable one.

Jesus! – (punches a brick wall in his office) I hate it when the market does dumb shit like this!

I have just mentally budgeted an additional 10% of my asset allocation solely for the purchase of BAS shares until such time as I shall be either satisfied, or badly wounded.

Today, my account stands about 95% long. I am willing to take it to 105% on margin exclusively for the acquisition of BAS shares, not counting on any other purchases I might elect to make or future sales.

First buy order comes at $12.

All Of The Oil Losses Shall Be Regained

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It will not happen immediately, surely. There will be more volatility and panic. But rest assured that the rout in the oil market will be unmade soon enough.

HCLP is already back to $54. You could have purchased shares for $40 just last week. The markets were scared, but then HCLP announced a 9% hike to its dividend. Now all is forgiven.

BAS is back to $15 from $11.50 last week.

ETP is above $65 again.

NADL is flirting with $6.

VOC has regained $11.

Those are big comebacks. I told you, the scare was not about a looming slowdown in the oil and gas space. It was more about frightening you into loosening your grip on the precious. Now that Jimmy’s friends have loaded up the trucks, we’re free to stop pretending like that Saudi Arabia rumor was ever anything more than the flapdoodle it was.

For the day I’m already up another 2%.

Sales – Stopped Well Shy At 3% Cash

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I couldn’t bring myself to sell all the way to 20% cash. The waterfall left too many of my purchases underwater still and the hope of follow through pins me to my seat.

But I took quick profits in HCLP, VOC, BAS, and SXCP (I still own all four names, I just pared down sizing) ranging from 5-12%, and then I completely sold my BTU position for a 22% loss. That will lower the tax bill. I like BTU but it’s time to start thinking of April.

Despite having little cash, this lowers my risk profile substantially. The margin was worth it and if the oil and gas space has any sort of meaningful follow through, I’ll be back at new highs by Thanksgiving.

Gobble gobble.

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

240 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.

Moody For No Reason

158 views

You would think I’d be in a good mood, presently up more than 1% with seven out of eight stocks green. But my mood is sullen and sulky and dark.

BAS has me in a silent furry, washing over the walls of the room. The cat finally could not stand my presence, which seemed to put her on edge; her tail swishing her way to light side steps about me while she dared whether or not to approach. Finally, caution got the better of her and she briskly toed out the door.

I want to hurt the people hurting BAS. I want them to suffer a long, drawn out demise. I want it to be humiliating.

It’s not enough for me to win, anymore. This selloff was so spectacularly stupid, I want those across the table from me to lose. We’re past the grounds for accepting victory. I want to salt the earth of the conquered, burn the heritage landmarks to ashes, then shoot the first born.

I don’t just want a massive victory. Now I also want it to be brutal.

Made Purchases of BAS, HCLP and VOC

178 views

I deployed 2.5% of my account to buy BAS at $12.61.

I put another 2% of my account into HCLP for $47.18.

I put another 3% of my account into VOC for $9.83.

Small margin balance. I am not just commenting when I say I am betting on oil. What we are experience in the oil market is not at all unusual. What is unusual is the sheer lengths that people have taken to sell oil stocks, with almost no evidence, other than a little correction in oil prices, that they are right.

Traders Playing BAS Are Out Of Their Minds

363 views

Okay, I’ve read the report from BAS and can comfortably say that those who are pressing BAS shares lower are mentally unhinged.

Today – October 24, 2014 – a prospective investor could purchase shares of BAS for about $13.60. BAS just reported earnings of $0.24 a share, up from $0.06 last quarter. At a current book value of just under $7; and even playing coy and considering BAS earnings of $0.15 a quarter from here forward; BAS is priced with a risk threshold of just 11 years.

At the most recent earnings of $0.24, that threshold drops to a theoretical breakeven point of just under 7 years.

BAS is priced perfectly reasonably, and that gets you exposure to a company that grew revenues an additional 10% in the last three months. Year over year, BAS is growing at a more than 20% clip.

BAS hit these numbers without even factoring in additional operation capacity that is being brought online later this year. Consider for example completion and remedial services, where as of September 30, 2014, Basic had roughly 413,000 HHP up from approximately 351,000 HHP at the end of the previous quarter and 292,000 HHP as of September 30, 2013 – that’s a 42% increase in capacity.

But oil prices are going to render that excess capacity worthless, right? Actually I defer to the CEO on this subject:

“We have not seen a reduction of activity by our customers due to the recent decline in oil prices, and none have indicated reductions in their 2015 growth plans. Early indications of these capital spending programs look to be slightly higher than 2014 levels. We will monitor utilization rates closely and should we see any meaningful pullback, we will react quickly as we have historically.”

So to recap; BAS is a company growing at a rate that makes it the envy of the party, which even excluding any additional growth is moderately priced, down 9% today because people are concerned, mind you, that maybe the industry might slow down (of which there is no indication whatsoever that BAS would be hurt disproportionately or even that that is happening).

Let me put this all into perspective for you. You could go out today and buy shares of BAS for the same price that you could get them last year when the company was losing $0.17 per share per quarter. The market is giving BAS no premium whatsoever for going from an unprofitable company, to a profitable one.

Jesus! – (punches a brick wall in his office) I hate it when the market does dumb shit like this!

I have just mentally budgeted an additional 10% of my asset allocation solely for the purchase of BAS shares until such time as I shall be either satisfied, or badly wounded.

Today, my account stands about 95% long. I am willing to take it to 105% on margin exclusively for the acquisition of BAS shares, not counting on any other purchases I might elect to make or future sales.

First buy order comes at $12.

All Of The Oil Losses Shall Be Regained

242 views

It will not happen immediately, surely. There will be more volatility and panic. But rest assured that the rout in the oil market will be unmade soon enough.

HCLP is already back to $54. You could have purchased shares for $40 just last week. The markets were scared, but then HCLP announced a 9% hike to its dividend. Now all is forgiven.

BAS is back to $15 from $11.50 last week.

ETP is above $65 again.

NADL is flirting with $6.

VOC has regained $11.

Those are big comebacks. I told you, the scare was not about a looming slowdown in the oil and gas space. It was more about frightening you into loosening your grip on the precious. Now that Jimmy’s friends have loaded up the trucks, we’re free to stop pretending like that Saudi Arabia rumor was ever anything more than the flapdoodle it was.

For the day I’m already up another 2%.

Sales – Stopped Well Shy At 3% Cash

225 views

I couldn’t bring myself to sell all the way to 20% cash. The waterfall left too many of my purchases underwater still and the hope of follow through pins me to my seat.

But I took quick profits in HCLP, VOC, BAS, and SXCP (I still own all four names, I just pared down sizing) ranging from 5-12%, and then I completely sold my BTU position for a 22% loss. That will lower the tax bill. I like BTU but it’s time to start thinking of April.

Despite having little cash, this lowers my risk profile substantially. The margin was worth it and if the oil and gas space has any sort of meaningful follow through, I’ll be back at new highs by Thanksgiving.

Gobble gobble.

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