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Climate Week, Aramco, Bankruptcies
Big headlines, no substance
“Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies” - Honoré de Balzac
Climate Week will own the energy headlines for the next few days. And - despite these headlines - nothing of substance should result from the week’s events.
The heads of Exxon, Chevron, Shell, BP, Total, Eni, Repsol, Equinor, & Oxy met on Monday, contributing their support to UN summit via a promotion of investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) -
Uncertainty surrounding Aramco’s supply disruption continues to fuel speculation:
Riyadh says production will be back to normal levels in 2-3 weeks
Traders & Analysts believe it will take longer
I guess we’ll know more in 2-3 weeks…
Bankruptcy talks continue to feature prominently in E&P headlines.
Of note, California Resources saw heavy volatility late last week, following rumors related to hiring a restructuring advisor:
On Thursday, following a rumor attributed to Debtwire, CRC’s shares fell 29%
On Friday, CRC dismissed the report as erroneous & shares rose 12%
Revolving & secured term lenders will receive 95% of the common stock in the reorganized entity
Subordinated term lenders are expected to recover 2.6% of the amount of their claims under the proposed plan, via the remaining 5% of common stock
The DIP credit facility is ~50% new money
FRAUD. The SEC has charged Tom Simeo, the former CEO of Viking Energy, with creating the false impression to the public that Viking had an experienced financial professional involved in its operations and financial reporting as its CFO.
As it turns out, Viking Energy’s auditors never communicated with the finance chief, the regulator says -
The pilot is testing whether a group of oil & gas companies can streamline the job of tracking produced water shipments by using a blockchain.
That’s it for this week - we’ll be back on Friday -