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NATURAL GAS INVENTORY (Week Ended 1/23/15)

roundup2Current: 2,543 Bcf

Actual Injection/(Withdrawal): (94) Bcf

Economist Average Estimate: (110) Bcf

Previous: 2,637 Bcf

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ANALYST COMMENTARY

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Storage overview
The EIA reported a 94 Bcf storage draw, 8 Bcf below our 102 Bcf estimated draw and 16 Bcf below the 110 Bcf consensus draw.

The East region showed a 69 Bcf draw, the Producing region showed a 16 Bcf draw and the West region showed a nine Bcf draw. Storage stands at 2,543 Bcf, ~16% above last year and ~3% below the five-year average. The data suggests the market is ~1.5 Bcfpd oversupplied on a weather-normalized quarterly moving average basis. Notably, gas was down ~$0.05 following the storage report.

Supply/demand trends
Over the past four weeks, gas-fired power demand has been trending up ~1.8 Bcfpd y/y, while industrial demand has been averaging up ~0.8 Bcfpd y/y over the past month.

Over the past month, Canadian net imports are down ~0.1 Bcfpd y/y, Mexican net exports are up ~0.5 Bcfpd y/y, and LNG send-out was up ~0.1 Bcfpd y/y.

In ’15, we anticipate gas-fired power generation should increase ~1 Bcfpd due to a regulatory driven diminution in coal-fired power generation.

Recent EIA U.S. supply data indicates October ’14 production averaged ~72.2 Bcfpd. We anticipate U.S. supply exits ’15 at ~73.6 Bcfpd. Rig activity is currently ~315 rigs and we expect an average of ~305 rigs in ’15.

Thesis (as of January 8, ’15)
In ’15, eastern U.S. gas production should increase ~3.7 Bcfpd, though associated gas production growth should moderate to ~2 Bcfpd driven by an ~30% expected decline in oil-directed drilling activity during the first half of ’15. Given the diminishing decline in legacy conventional production, overall growth in U.S. gas production this year should approximate last year though essentially stabilize sequentially the second half of this year.

With a largely stable gas rig count during ’14, U.S. onshore supply increased almost 4 Bcfpd y/y, which is comparable to our mid-year expectation. Stabilization in gas well/rig productivity relationship suggests a 300 (2H/15) to 350 (’17+) gas rig count should be sufficient to maintain market equilibrium. Long-term, a 350 gas rig count reconciles with a ~$4.25 NYMEX gas price and corresponds to gas-weighted E&P’s modestly outspending cash generation.


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