Diversified Energy, largest owner of oil & gas wells in USA with 10% of national total at 78,000, may not be able to pay to clean up inactive wells and reportedly self-reported its cash flows using “a flawed and misleading methodology.” Worse, “Diversified’s methane emission intensity was as much as 16 times higher than the company reports.”

Are any oil and gas companies planning to pay to clean up after their multi-billion dollar profit-raping of North America?

It appears not and seems intentional with self-regulators like OGC and AER enabling the rip offs.

Diversified Energy tumbles as Snowcap says dividend cut looks imminent by Jan 25, 2024, Share Cast

Diversified Energy tumbled on Tuesday after Snowcap Research said the company may not have enough funds to cover the cost of plugging its inactive wells and that a dividend cut looks imminent.

London-based activist investor Snowcap, which is short the stock, said in a 39-page note that Diversified’s own reported production rates appear to indicate decline rates well in excess of the headline decline rates claimed by the company.

It also said the company’s self-reported “discretionary cash flows” are calculated using what it believes to be “a flawed and misleading methodology”.

“By our adjusted calculation, discretionary cash flows in the last 12 months were just $3m (versus dividends of $162m),” Snowcap said, adding that a dividend cut looks imminent.

Snowcap said Diversified has marked down its asset retirement liabilities (AROs) by delaying well retirement as far out as 2095. It noted that the company says it can fund these long-dated costs based on its own 50-year cash flow projections.

“But these projections are highly sensitive to changes in DEC’s long term assumptions, which appear to be overly optimistic,” Snowcap said.

“Based on our own modelling using marginally more conservative assumptions than the company, we estimate that DEC’s retirement costs may exceed the cash flows from its business as early as 2036, and that even with no future dividend payments to shareholders, DEC’s cumulative cash flows may be insufficient to cover its ARO (asset retirement liabilities),” it said.

Snowcap also pointed out that a recent study using satellite measurements to estimate the methane emissions intensity of 25 oil & gas companies found that Diversified’s methane emission intensity was as much as 16 times higher than the company reports and “substantially above” the threshold for methane fees under new IRA rules due to start in 2024.

Shares in the company ended down 13% on Tuesday at 839.08p.

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Bloomberg Technology@technology Jan 24, 2024:

Diversified Energy, the largest owner of US oil and natural gas wells, is being targeted by a short seller claiming the company may not have enough money to meet obligations to plug inactive wells

Dividend yield over 30%, shares down 60%: is Diversified Energy too risky? With a tanking share price, Diversified Energy’s dividend yield is ridiculously high. But I am holding firm with my investment because a dual US-listing may offer a return to stability by Guarav Sharma, The Motley Fool, Jan 24, 2024

For a while, Diversified Energy Company (LSE: DEC) seemed like a stable bet for investors. Its journey – from an AIM-listed minnow in 2017 to a FTSE 250 stock with a dividend yield of 10-12% by 2020 – was spectacular.

However, of late, things have become muddled. Diversified Energy’s share price has steadily declined, media headlines have been unkind, and its business is being questioned by Democrats on the US Congress’ Energy and Commerce Committee.

Diversified Energy follows this by hedging their expected production for several years out and keeping shareholders happy with high-yield quarterly dividends.

Refer also to:

2024: Ontario: Pathetic $23.6 Million Action Plan to *try* to stop abandoned oil and gas wells (most locations unknown) from exploding and killing.

2023: Hey Tamboran, what’s going down down down? Your share price! Even after NT gov’t approved frac’ing and gave you $1.5 billion subsidy. Just another frac scam to steal from investors and the citizenry?

2022: Frac’ing on its way out: “We’re going to run out of inventory in the next four to six years.” Will the shysters leave anything but ruin behind?

2020: Cleanup of abandoned oil & gas wells onshore could cost Americans $278 billion, Texans $117 billion, Albertans $260 billion: “The industry is incentivized to delay, pray and walk away. This is a system that’s designed to fail.” In Canada too.

2020: CNBC’s Jim Cramer: “I’m done with fossil fuels … they’re just done. We’re starting to see divestment all over the world. … It’s going to be a parade that says, ‘Look, these are tobacco and we’re not going to own them.’ … Younger people don’t want to own them. The dividends are great…but you can tell that the world’s turned on them. It’s actually happening really quickly.”

2017: Brilliant! MUST LISTEN! BNN Interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck on Lexin and AER’s Orphan Wells: “This problem is 30 years in the making. … I would call it a Ponzi Scheme…. This is an orchestrated fraud from multiple angles: Industry, CAPP and the Alberta Energy Regulator have enabled this to happen. … Through our independent analysis and we’ve confirmed this at multiple sources within the energy regulator, the liabilities are over $300 billion. That’s what’s on the hook for Alberta taxpayers right now – $300 billion.

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