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Q: Sold half my position in VET in the mid $33 back in summer and I wish I would have sold the whole part. Looked at VET's Q3 report and it seems that it is the threat of a European "excess profit tax" that has pummeled the stock lately and I understand why and think the sell down is warranted. But the way I understand it there could be a unseen upside in VET in Q1 of 2023 when the VET's purchase of Shell's portion of the Corrib gas plant is completed. According to VET all of the 2022 Cash flow from Corrib should go to VET. When that cash flow is added to VET's income statement could they restate their 2022 earnings to the upside? I am not sure how this works but it seems to me that there is some 'hidden' earnings in VET that can not be realized until the sale of Shell's position to VET is officially completed. One thing we know is that Corrib definitely made money in 2022. Could the increased earnings from Corrib be enough to counter the Euroean excess profit tax. Long question and I hope you understand what I am trying to get at.

Read Answer Asked by Paul on November 15, 2022


Which three of the above fourteen oil & gas stocks would you sell first to bring my sector allocation back to my normal weight? This is assuming 100 WTI oil in 2023. Could you also provide a brief reason for each of the three stocks that you would get rid of first. Thanks.

Read Answer Asked by Steven on November 04, 2022

Q: I read where the operator of the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project in Russia's Far East has been changed by Russian gov't decree. What is the risk for a firm like Parex or others with significant foreign operations to be affected in the same manner, including being nationalized?

Would you have a list of the larger energy companies with significant foreign operations? I know from my past work in the oil and gas industry [40 years ago] nationalization insurance was available. I'm not aware if it is still available or not.

Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Ronald on October 13, 2022

Q: Looking ahead to a very tight European natural gas market this winter. Which five Canadian (if any) and US natural gas and LNG companies would see a direct benefit?
Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Terry on September 30, 2022

Q: what are the current annual percentages of dividend, debt and free cash flow yield for each of these companies. use as many question credits as needed

Read Answer Asked by hal on September 06, 2022

Q: I am thinking of buying these companies in my tfsa account in equal weights. Do you have any concern with any of these companies and would you be able to rank them in order of possible upside? Thank you

Read Answer Asked by Myron on June 02, 2022

Q: Peter and Co,
The UK has introduced a ‘windfall tax’ of 25% on energy company’s profits. The bite of this tax can be substantially reduced on profits that are reinvested in more fossil fuel extraction. While this reduced tax rate might result in greater investment in oil/gas extraction and, therefore, production and profits it would appear that in subsequent years companies using reinvestment to reduce current taxes will have to make greater and greater reinvestments to keep ahead of the 25% tax. I understand that the existing UK tax on fossil fuels is 40%.
My portfolios are very overweight in energy stocks and particularly Vermilion. I understand that VET’s Corrib gas field is located within the boundaries of Ireland and the company pays only the Irish tax of 25% and has never paid taxes to the UK.
Would you please confirm or correct my statements about the UK taxes on fossil fuels. and the advantage that VET enjoys being an Irish producer?
With appreciation,

Read Answer Asked by Ed on June 01, 2022

Q: I have a small percentage in each of these companies, I would like to add to some or all can you tell me in order of preference you would suggest I add them.
Thanks, Dorothy

Read Answer Asked by Dorothy on May 09, 2022

Q: Great 5i team, There are times like this; I will need to put my cash holding to work. I kept trimming energy names in our family portfolio to under 10% and staying on the sidelines for the last few months. Your thoughts are very much appreciated with these 2 questions: which one that you would pick 3 out of these 7 energy names and which sector that you will allocate the funds? I am light in industrial and health care. Thanks for your input.

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on May 02, 2022

Q: Good morning,

I added these at the very low point of energy. 5% equal weight of my portfolio, now it becomes 20% ish. I am looking to cutting down by half. Should I keep the pipelines ENB & PPL & VET and cut the rest or just reduce across equal weight. Your thought is very much appreciated.

Thanks again!

Read Answer Asked by Nhung on March 28, 2022

Q: Years ago I bought CJ at $4.20 and recently sold it when it reached that price again. Obviously, a mistake as it is now $7.72. I own WCP and VET which are now back to my original purchase price.
What do I do ? The oil and gas sector is cyclical and I wish to exit this sector as am retired and rely on a safer higher dividend portfolio but do not want to repeat selling these too early. Do I follow analysis target price and /or other metrics, or do I just bail out , happy to get my money back? Thanks .

Read Answer Asked by Derek on March 25, 2022