Deutsche Bank Upgrades Hercules Offshore (HERO) to Buy, GOM Steadily Improving

November 28, 2012 7:06 AM EST
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Deutsche Bank upgraded Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $8.00 (from $4.00).

The firm comments, "We are making adjustments to subsequent quarters/years to reflect the most recent fleet status updates. Demand and pricing in the commodity jackup business in the GOM has been improving steadily as most drilling has shifted over to oil. We believe the market has tightened to the point where reactivations of stacked capacity are likely which generates significant earnings leverage. Even though most drilling has shifted to oil, we actually see HERO as one of the most gas leveraged names as the shallow GoM operators are likely to make absolute decisions on drilling economics (most don’t have the option of drilling in unconventional onshore plays) and rig capacity growth is highly unlikely. Given this backdrop, we are upgrading HERO to BUY from HOLD. We are maintaining our 2012 estimate of ($0.56). Our 2013 and 2014 estimates go to $0.19 and $0.45 from $0.20 and $0.50, respectively."

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Shares of Hercules Offshore closed at $4.45 yesterday.

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