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InterOil: A Glimpse Into Energy's Most Intriguing Storyline

InterOil will release quarterly earnings after the market's close today, but the results will hold little value for this Papua New Guinea oil and gas firm. Investors need to pay attention to management's discussions and analysis to see if more light can be shed on a possible joint venture with Shell and if a potential timeline can be estimated for the rumored deal. InterOil's bright future lies in the details, and if a deal can be made, the company should be a strong performer going forward. 

If InterOil and Shell reach a deal, allowing the JV to produce highly sought liquefied natural gas, the company will make a significant economic profit. However, there are other undervalued stocks, and as oil prices inch higher, these companies will be on their way to returning healthy profits to their shareholders. If you're on the lookout for some intriguing energy plays, check out The Motley Fool's 3 Stocks for $100 Oil. You can get free access to this special report by clicking here.

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  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2012, at 4:15 PM, stratacapital wrote:

    It is still surprising how little you understand about the situation with InterOil. Shell is just one of MANY companies bidding to partner with InterOil on the development of its HUGE 9.1 Tfce resource (Elk/Antelope). Exxon has already invested over $10 billion in Papua New Guinea developing its own LNG plant. Exxon needs more gas to optimize its LNG plant. Given Exxon's sunk $10B investment, it is more likely that Exxon will be InterOil's partner to develop Elk/Antelope...not Shell.

    Shell's best hope is to outright purchase 100% of InterOil. If InterOil were to get purchased, it is reasonable to conclude that InterOil's 2 explored resources (Elk/Antelope and Triceratops) would be valued at $2 - $3 per mcf. InterOil's ownership of those 2 resources is approximately 10 Tcfe in aggregate. This assumes ZERO value to InterOil's other 40 drilling prospects. A $20B - $30B final price would value the shares at $400 - $600 each. So....please understand that Shell is most likely just a distraction in regards to the partnering process for now.

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