Goldman Sachs Upgrades Range Resources (RRC) to Conviction Buy

October 31, 2016 8:21 AM EDT
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Price: $38.22 --0%

Rating Summary:
    26 Buy, 17 Hold, 1 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 20 | Down: 15 | New: 18
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) from Neutral to Conviction Buy with a price target of $47, implying upside of 36%. Analyst Brian Singer highlighted gas/NGLs exposure, underappreciated production growth and valuation.

"Relative to other gassy E&Ps, RRC is more favorably exposed to Henry Hub and NGLs prices where we see near-term upside and less exposed to local Appalachia prices (of 2017 production, 34% unhedged exposure to Henry Hub/NGLs and only 19% unhedged exposure to Appalachia gas prices)," said Singer.

"RRC’s recent acquisition of Louisiana assets adds ability to flex production between Appalachia and Louisiana to mitigate risk of pipeline delays and/or regional price differences. We also see potential for greater Louisiana resource credit from upcoming delineation tests in a more exploratory portion of its acreage block with results expected by year-end," continued the analyst.

Singer added, "We see upside to consensus estimates and recently-released guidance for 2018 production growth (we are >20%). RRC’s EV/EBITDA multiple reflects below-historical premium, particularly on 2018E despite continued superior resource life."

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Shares of Range Resources closed at $34.51 yesterday.



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