Why The World's Most Profitable Energy Stock

Q2 2013
Oxford Communiqué Investor Report:
Why the World’s Most Profitable
Energy Stock is About to Triple
By The Oxford Club Research Team
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A certain energy company – one we estimate not one in 20,000 Americans can even name – is
about to make a major announcement that we believe will triple its stock price.
The company is nearly 12 times more profitable than Toyota… three times more profitable than
Wal-Mart… four times more profitable than ConocoPhillips. It’s more profitable than Royal
Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, BP and Chevron. And we’re talking bottom line profits here, not
growth rate.
Furthermore, this company manages to make more money than all these industry giants, on just
a fraction of the revenues.
And when you look at its business, it’s easy to see why…
The Czar of Russian Energy
That company is Gazprom (OTC: OGZPY) (LSE: 81JK.L), which owns 60% of Russia’s gas
reserves. Based in Moscow in the Russian Federation, the company was founded in 1993. Along
with its subsidiaries, Gazprom is in the exploration, transportation, production, storage and sale
of oil and gas. It is the biggest company in Russia and one of the largest in the world…
It operates more than 6,988 wells producing natural gas, with reserves worth an astonishing $299
billion. It runs 6,151 oil-producing wells and owns the largest gas transportation network in the
world. And its installed and operates 81 power facilities generating 37 GigaWatts of power. That
is enough power to service around 37 million homes.
Currently Gazprom generates 17% of Russia’s power. It exports more natural gas to Europe than
any other company… And it owns nearly a fifth of all worldwide supplies of natural gas.
On top of that, it just rewarded shareholders with by far the biggest dividend increase in
company history. In 2012, it increased its dividend 110% compared to what it paid out to
shareholders in 2011. And its three-year dividend growth rate clocks in at over 207%.
But here’s the interesting part…
For one specific and very unusual reason, Gazprom currently trades at one third of the valuation
of its competitors. Despite making more money than all of them, its P/E is currently 2.85 while
the industry average is well over 9.
Plus, Gazprom is a virtual baby in the energy business. Its founding was just 20 years ago. By
comparison, Exxon Mobil’s origins go back nearly 150 years.
But while Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and others enjoy the benefit of a major head
start, things have changed dramatically over the last few years. In 2012, Gazprom’s oil exploration
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budget alone jumped to $6.1 billion. And it will increase to $23 billion over the next three years.
It operates gas and oil exploration projects in the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Bolivia, Russia,
Algeria, Kuwait and more.
As a result, it’s set record highs for increases in gas reserves. Currently Gazprom controls 18% of
the global natural gas supply. That’s approximately 35.6 trillion cubic meters, valued at around
$300 billion. Its largest plant has produced ten million tons of LNG (liquid natural gas) in each
of the last two years.
And there is a huge market for the fuels it’s producing…
The company holds major sales contracts to deliver LNG to Japan, India, Germany, Thailand,
the UAE, China, Taiwan, Italy, Korea and France. It shipped over two million tons to Japan and
Korea alone. And it operates the world’s largest gas transportation system with over 164,000 km
of pipeline and shipping operations spanning the globe.
But even this is just a small sampling of everything this company has lined up for future
It’s already activated more than 80 power stations producing 37 GW of power throughout
Europe. It’s got a blockbuster deal in the works with China. It’s currently co-developing 17
trillion cubic feet of gas in Israel’s massive Leviathon gas field.
In other words, it is well on its way to achieving its ultimate goal as stated by the company
“To become the strongest company in the world’s energy sector.”
Best of all, with profit margins that blow the doors off its competitors, its stock is set to soar in
the months ahead.
Unprecedented Profit Margins… So Why the Dirt Cheap Valuation?
By dominating its markets, quickly expanding across the globe, and consistently developing new
resources, Gazprom has created a heavy-duty profit machine.
And that is not an exaggeration…
According to the latest annual report audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the company set new records
in sales revenue, currency earnings and net profit. Earnings per share leapt 141%. Net profits
jumped 141%. And dividends per share were up an astonishing 110%.
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Net Profit in Russian Rubles
Royal Dutch Shell was ranked
#1 in the globe in terms of total
revenues. It brought in $470 billion.
Gazprom, on the other hand, made
more money on far less revenue: just
$158 billion.
But here’s where it gets interesting…
Gazprom’s Profits are the Best in the Energy Business
Profits (in Billions)
Bottom line profits were nearly
US$45 billion. By comparison,
Royal Dutch Shell had $31 billion
in profits.
In other words, the profit margins for Gazprom are off the charts. Its current profit margins of
27.21% are more than four times Royal Dutch Shell’s 5.52%.
As the company chairman recently stated in a presentation to shareholders, “Gazprom is on top
of the world in terms of net profit among not only oil and gas companies, but also all other
companies in the world!”
And as we mentioned above, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and even Brazil’s
Petrobras trade at around 9 times earnings, while Gazprom trades at a ridiculous 2.85 times
earnings. That means in just three years, it is likely to make more money in profits than the
company’s entire current value.
Forbes has called it a “company investors cannot ignore.” Adding, “What makes Gazprom a buy
is its position in the natural gas market, its massive reserves, and regional demand for the only
clean burning fossil fuel around.”
So why haven’t Americans heard about Gazprom? And why is it trading at such a dirt cheap
You Don’t Own This Stock Because You Weren’t Allowed To…
It’s amazing to think that a company as big, profitable and primed for future expansion as
Gazprom could be flying under-the-radar. But there’s one very good reason why it still trades so
Because for many years, almost nobody in America (or outside of Russia for that matter) was
allowed to buy it.
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As we said, amongst energy companies, Gazprom is extremely young. It only started trading in
the 1990’s. It is also a very tightly held company. Even just a few years ago, there were major
restrictions on who could own shares.
According to company guidelines, shares “were issued in line with 144 A Rules and Regulation S,
meaning that US institutional investors with a portfolio of over $100 million… had the rights to
ownership of the Company’s receipts.”
Translation: the individual investor was left out. Trading was essentially limited to investment banks,
money management firms and hedge funds. And explains why most of us remained unaware of this
energy giant.
Because of this unique restriction, there was no reason for Gazprom to get any attention
in the financial media. The institutions with $100 million or more were happy to grab up
ultra-cheap shares. And they did exactly that…
Newgate Capital Management, Ameriprise Financial, the Renaissance Group, RMB Capital
Management, Aberdeen Asset Management and a handful of other big investment firms bought
hundreds-of-thousands of shares.
But they had no incentive to tell any of their clients or to try and get the mainstream media to
talk about Gazprom, because regular small-time investors weren’t allowed a seat at the table. The
company was never made available on the NYSE, Nasdaq or even the American Exchange. And
so for years, American investors had no idea it even existed.
A few years ago, to remedy the situation and bring the stock up to where it rightfully belongs,
Gazprom executives decided to make the stock available to a wider audience. As a result,
Gazprom expanded its stock listings to include the London Stock Exchange and the Berlin and
Frankfurt exchanges in Germany.
It also began offering ADR (American Depository Receipts) shares on the US over-the-counter
(OTC) stock market.
From a corporate perspective, Gazprom executives have already achieved their goal of becoming
“the strongest company in the world’s energy sector.” However, from a personal wealth
perspective, company executives (including the Russian government which owns slightly
more than 50%) haven’t realized the financial windfall they expected for themselves and other
So, despite Gazprom executives efforts to expand the availability and trading volume of their
shares… it has not resulted in the hoped for increase in share price.
The stock has simply not realized its full potential...
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Gazprom’s stock trades for far cheaper than any of the other big players. Based on a price-toearnings basis, Gazprom is trading at a third of the value of its leading competitors, which
includes Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, etc.
This puts Gazprom in an unusual situation; the world’s most profitable energy company is both
overlooked and highly undervalued. But this is the exact reason why the company offers such
immense profit potential in the days ahead.
Here’s why…
The Major Announcement… And Why It Could Triple Your Money
Gazprom has dominated almost every major market it’s gone after. Europe, Japan, India,
China… You name it. But now, it’s about to go after another market…
For the first time in company history, it’s decided to enter the North American and Latin American markets.
Russian media outlets indicate it will target “a number of countries there, including, primarily, the United
Soon enough Americans could start seeing Gazprom’s name on billboards, TV ads, and trucking
gas and oil down the highways. And you might wake up one morning to see its name on the
front page of The Wall Street Journal.
Here’s what we think is going to happen…
In preparation for Gazprom’s big move into North America, we believe there is a high chance
it will soon make the unexpected announcement that its shares will be listing on the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE), the world’s deepest and most liquid market.
When this announcement hits the mainstream media, the stock will go roaring up the charts.
The financial media will be screaming with press coverage. And individual investors across the
country will likely begin buying up millions of shares. Likewise, pension funds, endowments and
mutual funds that couldn’t own Gazprom’s stock before will begin snatching up shares on a grand
Currently only a small percentage of institutional investors own shares of Gazprom – relative to
the much higher percentages of its competitors and other companies of similar market cap.
This is due to self-imposed rules set by the mutual fund companies, investment banks and
pension funds that restrict the purchase of over-the-counter (OTC) stocks (in favor of bigger,
safer stocks on the NYSE & AMEX). Instead, they generally only purchase shares trading on
major stock exchanges.
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But if Gazprom gets itself listed on the NYSE, interest will pour in from almost every fund
category. From value investors to growth stock buyers to international funds and energy
sector players: all will find things they like about Gazprom.
Simply put, institutional investors will send shares flying. But for those investors who already
own the stock… they can just sit back and enjoy the ride. That’s why we created this report.
There may only be a very short window left in which Gazprom remains overlooked and
extraordinarily cheap.
And if shares never get listed on the NYSE, that is fine with us. You can still buy the over-thecounter shares today. With all the publicity and profit potential surrounding the company’s move
into North American and Latin American markets… this alone should help to move the shares
steadily higher.
Don’t misunderstand this… there is nothing wrong with an OTC stock listing. It’s true that
many companies that trade OTC do so because they’re financially weak or too small to meet
major exchange requirements.
But with a market cap over $100 billion, size is not a concern for Gazprom.
Neither is it financially weak, with some of the most solid fundamentals in the industry (audited
by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest accounting firm).
Its return-on-assets of 11.04% and operating margins of 22.59% both beat the industry averages
that come in at 8.15% and 14.51%. Its return-on-equity is 15.85%, right in line with the
industry. And its debt load is more than 13 points below its competitor’s average.
Another important factor is liquidity. For stocks, a general rule of thumb is (at least) an average
volume of 50,000 shares a day. Gazprom’s OTC average daily volume over the past 12 months
clocks in at 938,721… We can comfortably say there is adequate volume here.
And let’s not forget Gazprom trades at a ridiculously cheap price. The stock currently sells at less
than three times earnings. That’s lower than just about every stock on the NYSE, and it’s more
profitable than all of them.
If the stock merely trades up to the same earnings multiple of its nearest competitor, Exxon,
it would more than triple in value. In order to reflect its true profitability, it would have to go
even higher. This is perhaps the best buying opportunity we’ve seen for many years in the energy
Action to Take: Buy Gazprom (OTC: OGZPY) at market. And use a 25% trailing stop to
protect your position and your profits.
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The “Over-the-counter,” or OTC market, is a term loosely applied to securities that aren’t listed
on an organized exchange – such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or American Stock
Exchange (AMEX). Market participants trade over an electronic network, the telephone or
facsimile instead of on a physical trading floor. There is no central exchange or meeting place for
this market.
OTC stocks are traded through numerous “market makers” who maintain bids and offers for the
securities they trade. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) regulates brokerdealers that operate in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
Many large, non-U.S. companies trade on the OTC market; including Nestle, Deutsche
Telecom, Roche, BASF and Adidas. In fact, the combination of large foreign corporate listings
with the explosion of initial public offerings and subsequent OTC listings make it the biggest
market in the world. So when it comes to Gazprom, don’t worry about buying it on the OTC.
If the company does decide to list its shares on the NYSE, your OTC shares will automatically
convert over.
Alternative Action to Take: Investors can also consider purchasing the stock on the London Stock
Exchange. It is listed as Gazprom (LSE: 81JK.L).
The volume and fundamental ratios are very similar to the OTC shares. Just be sure and check that
the commission charges are comparible to buying it on the OTC. But for any non-U.S. residents or
anyone interested in purchasing this stock in a currency other than the dollar, the LSE may be the
easiest and most economical way to go about it.
Pillar One Advisor Jeff Winn with International Assets Advisory can help you with equity trades
on international markets. His contact information is listed below.
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