After falling more than 30% through mid-July, things are finally looking up for Forest Oil (FST). That’s because the small-cap energy producer recently began getting unsolicited bids for its Texas Pan-handle delineated oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids assets. The acreage in that region could be a significant opportunity for Forest.
According to analysts at Stifel Nicolaus, the sale of these assets could raise between $1 billion and $1.2 billion for the struggling producer. That provides plenty of firepower for Forest to pay down debt as well, as accelerate development of its rock-solid Eagle Ford acreage.
In the last year or so, FST has begun to move away from dry gas and more toward liquids production. The E&P firm has already added considerable acreage in the Permian Basin — 111,000 net acres in East Texas, which will enable Forest to access potential oil resources in several oil-bearing pay zones. The cash infusion will only strengthen that potential.
FST has all the makings of a doubler and represents a great turnaround play now that it has the real opportunity to focus on liquids assets.