Gulf Keystone Petroleum (LSE: GKP),Falkland Oil and Gas (LSE: FOGL)andXtract Resources (LSE: XTR) are three of the markets most controversial resource stocks. But if youre willing to take on the risk, here are three reasons why now could be the time to buy.
Firstly, Gulf Keystone, Falkland and Xtract all have high-quality assets that will help drive their growth over time. For example, Gulf Keystones investors received a huge confidence boost last week, when the company announced that estimates for proven reserves at the companys flagship Shaikan field have been upped by 55% since March last year to306m barrels gross. The provenand probable reserves figure was increased from 299m to 639m barrels gross.
Whats more, Gulf Keystones production costs are some of the lowest in the industry. Lastyear the company stated thattruckingShaikancrude to the Turkish coast, storing and loading it costs circa $23 per barrel.
Falkland isnt producing any oil yet, but the companys prospects in the Falkland Basins have plenty ofpotential. Falklands 18% share of the Sea Lion complex totals around 102m barrels of oil.Its believed that the Sea Lion prospect, owned byFalklands regional partner Rockhopper ,will be producing an estimated 60,000 barrels of oil per day within five years. Recent discoveries indicate that Falkland could be set to benefit from similar growth.
Xtracts Fair Bride acquisition has revolutionised the companys prospects. The deal has cost the company $12.5m, although its estimated that the project will pay for itself within three years. Whats more, initial figures indicate that the project will generate a net cumulative cash flow of $82.4m. During the past six months, Xtracts resource base has increased by 3,233% from 30,000 ounces of gold to over 1m ounces.
Touching the lows
As the saying goes, the time to buy is when theres blood in the streets. Gulf Keystone, Falkland and Xtract are all currently trading at four-month lows, as investors have turned their backs on the companies amid market turmoil.
This presents an opportunity for the thick-skinned investor who is willing to take on the risk.
All of these companies offer attractive risk/reward profiles.If everything goes to plan, their shares could double, triple or quadruplefrom present levels.
Xtracts shares have already doubled since the beginning of February andFalkland could return to its all-time high when the company finally starts producing oil. This indicates a gain of more than 1,000% from present levels.
Your own risk profile
The decision of whether to buy Falkland, Xtract and Gulf Keystone should be based on your own risk profile.
These companies certainly arent for widows and orphans, and if youre concerned about taking a total loss, it might be time to get out. However, if youre willing to take on the risk, for the prospect of huge gains, now could be the time to buy.
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