After giving Talisman Energy's
The first positive point was that Talisman executed a major balance sheet overhaul in 2009, cutting net debt nearly in half, to $2.1 billion. This was enabled by $2.7 billion in asset sales, which Talisman executed at a handsome $80,000 per flowing barrel of oil equivalent (boe). Talisman has more recently shed its Netherlands assets for $600 million, and it has additional North American producing assets on the market.
The second thing I'm enthused about is Talisman's reserve base. Just 28% of the firm's reserves are in the proved undeveloped (PUD) category. Under the new SEC rules, PUD bookings are proliferating for players such as Petrohawk Energy
I said last quarter that Talisman is attractively priced on a production basis, but the company is definitely light on production growth. Specifically, the company isn't expecting any in 2010. That's a turn-off for most investors. I was somewhat surprised by this outlook, given that Talisman is more than doubling its development drilling in its major shale plays. This isn't a leviathan like ExxonMobil
This production pause has to be viewed in context, though. Somewhat like Devon Energy
Now here's the puzzler. Talisman said it exited the year at 65 million cubic feet equivalent (mmcfe) of daily gas production in the Marcellus, and that it expects to exit 2010 at a rate of 250 to 300 mmcf/d. That's higher than either Chesapeake Energy
A peek at Talisman's supplemental disclosure reveals that the Canadian company does not deduct royalty volumes from its production figures. Bottom line: The company's not nearly as cheap as I thought it was. Always read the footnotes, Fools.