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SandRidge Energy (NYSE:SD) is an oil and natural gas exploration company that operates mainly in West Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Back in 2008, SandRidge was one of those commodity stocks that everybody wanted a piece of. It doubled from around $30 to over $60 … and then crashed with oil prices to under $10.

SandRidge might never get back to its previous share price. But the company is actually tracking a revenue number not seen since its 2008 peak.

Specifically, SandRidge estimates some $1.4 billion in 2011 revenue and over $1.6 billion in fiscal 2012. Back in 2008, SD came up a little short of $1.2 billion in revenue.

As for profits, that’s a bit trickier. The company has had some rough losses in the intervening years and should finish about breakeven when it reports full-year 2011 numbers. Revenue is nice, but it’s the earnings that matter.

SandRidge also warned in November that its full-year production for 2011 was going to decline due to trouble with operations in the Gulf of Mexico. RBC Capital Markets downgraded the stock from outperform to sector perform a few weeks ago as a result.

But RBC’s target is $10 a share — 25% higher than current valuations at $8. Also, though Gulf production hit a snag, it’s important to note that West Texas and other mid-continental operations actually grew in Q3 and should see continued improvement.

And let’s not forget that oil prices are once again around $100 and baseline energy demand isn’t going down anytime soon.

SandRidge is a risky growth play, like so many other energy exploration and service companies. But this cheap stock has the potential to break out in 2012.

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