Per an Energy Information Administration report, it is expected that oil production in the current year will be around 89.89 million barrels per day (bbl/d), while the global consumption of oil will reach 90.03 million bbl/d. Furthermore, production will surge to 91.22 million bbl/d, to match the consumption of 91.40 million bbl/d in 2014.
Looking at the dynamics of production and the estimated consumption of oil, the companies producing oil and gas should benefit. Lets take a look at three oil and gas companies that could really outperform the market.
Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL) recently won new contracts for drilling and oil exploration. The company received a 3 year contract from Bluewater in April 2013 for ultra-deep water drilling at West Neptune in South Korea. The site is under construction and is expected to be ready by the second quarter of 2014. With a per day rate of drilling at $570,000, the company will earn revenue of around $662 million, and the contract can be extended for 1 year.
Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL) also extended its contract with Vietsovpetro for two jack-up rigs in West-Ariel and West Prospero in Vietnam for eight months at a day rate of $162,000. That’s a sizable sum and should go a long way to ensuring its profitability.
In the first quarter of 2013, Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL)’s net operating income was $552 million and revenue was $1.3 billion. In fact, it was the finest quarter ever for the company in terms of net operating income. It showed year over year growth of around 21% in net operating income and 18% in revenue.
The company optimally maximized its floater utilization to 92%, from 86% in the same period last year. Moreover, its jack-ups also performed well, with increased utilization of 99%, a 7% sequential increase.
The company increased its oil production outlook from 235,000 bbl/d to around 280,000 bbl/d for the current fiscal year, due to increased oil production capacity at Foster Creek. Each phase of Foster Creek, namely, F, G, and H is expected to produce around 35,000 bbl/d, individually, which is an increase of 5,000 bbl/d from its earlier estimation. The company has also reduced its oil production time line for this region.