NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Chevron Corp. (CVX) are higher by 1.62% to $107.74 in pre-market trade after the company told Canadian regulators that it has "indefinitely" suspended plans to drill for oil in Arctic waters, due to uncertainty over the outlook for crude prices, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The move is the latest sign that a glut in crude oil is impacting major energy companies' exploration and production programs. The Arctic holds billions of barrels of untapped oil reserves, but offshore-drilling costs there are among the highest in the world due to its remote location and severe weather, the Journal said.
Chevron's Canadian unit has pursued a test well drilling program in the Beaufort Sea in recent years, but said in a letter to Canada's National Energy Board that it would put that project "on hold indefinitely" due to "the level of economic uncertainty in the industry."
Chevron confirmed the decision, according to the Journal, noting all of its projects "must be competitive in our global exploration portfolio."
Chevron holds an exploratory license to a Beaufort Seas lease 155 miles off the coast of Tuktoyaktuk, a town in the Northwest Territories. The company planned to start exploratory drilling by 2020, according to the NEB, Canada's chief energy regulator.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CHEVRON CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CHEVRON CORP (CVX) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 13.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4,950.00 million to $5,593.00 million.
- CVX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.16 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.93 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
- Net operating cash flow has decreased to $8,680.00 million or 15.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
- The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHEVRON CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: CVX Ratings Report