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Rex Energy Corporation (REXX), Approach Resources Inc. (AREX), Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (CRZO): 3 Small-Cap Oil Companies for Your Watch List

Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) was one of the first companies to drill into the rich Permian Basin, which has become a focal point for the industry since early 2012 given its high oil content. Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) accumulated 145,000 net acres in the basin that are essentially contiguous. It’s basically a start-up company, but the possibilities are enormous.

Trading at 2013 and 2014 P/E of 68x  and 32x, respectively, Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX) is a bet on the successful development of the Permian Basin. Besides, founding should not be a concern. I expect the company to issue $300 million in debt in order to pay down the outstanding $152 million under its credit facility and fully fund the drilling program of the next two years. This would bring the company’s net debt/capital to a very comfortable 32% versus the peer’s average of 40%.

Bottom line

The shale oil/gas revolution is here and many small capitalization companies such as the three named above are playing a key role. I expect huge M&A activity in the sector in the coming years as many of this small companies own a big portion of the most valuable territories for shale development.

The article Three Small-Cap Oil Companies for Your Watch List originally appeared on and is written by Federico Zaldua.

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