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I've often said that small cap investment conferences are like the pro-wrestling matches of finance. There are extreme views from interesting personalities ranging from self-described public figures to micro-celebrities such as myself.
What did you miss by not attending the California Resource Investment Conference?
- An optimistic talk - What Happened to the Commodity Bull Market?
- A dust up - Newsletter writers shouldn't be getting punched in the face.
- A list of my favorite stocks (but you can always get that here).
Water Flood Bull Market
Several investment opportunities are glaring for the year ahead. The first is water flooding. Crescent Point Energy Corp. has been carrying the baton for industry with its Viewfield pilot, and continued success there bodes well for tight oil waterfloods elsewhere. Several junior and intermediates including Pinecrest Energy Inc., Wild Stream Exploration, Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. and Surge Energy Inc. will be testing pilots this year. The investment opportunity is significant because "The Street" is behind the curve in appreciating the low finding and developing reserve growth potential in many of these companies from water flooding recovery methods.Look for Bay Street to wake up to this in 2012, and to begin to place value on this largely hidden upside.
As analysts start to pile onto this theme, they'll quickly find out about Wavefront Technology Solution's (WEE.V) Powerwave which fits perfectly into Nuttall's water flood theme.
Why would you want to use Powerwave injection on a water flood?
High production upside (25-200+% more bbls/day), significant reserves growth (35-50% increase), rapid payback (2-10 month payout), and high ROI (>100%). Oil cuts increase after Powerwave is implemented. The increase in asset values happens in months instead of the the 2-3 year lead times that CO2 or ASP floods take.
Wavefront currently has a $66 million market cap with ~$20 million in cash. This company was well prepared to endure the financial crisis that didn't happen. Remember it is a technology company. Very close to break-even. One analyst described the company as "too cheap to fail" and I'm thinking it is too cheap to not buy.
Kevin Barker is a very good writer. I met him in Chile a few years ago. Sometimes he writes about stocks but there's a good mix of travel and technology as well - he's still working on his site but it is already populated with great content (Click here).