OBSIDIAN ENERGY’S TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY

Obsidian Energy is a conventional gas and oil producing company situated in Alberta, Canada. It recently changed its name from Penn West Petroleum following a continuing resolution in the company’s structure. In June 2017, a vote for the name change was conducted during the shareholders AGM with 92% of the votes favoring the resolution. David French the company’s CEO stated that they plan to oversee a moderate growth in the next few years with budgets tightly tied to the prices of gas and oil. The name change would cover the company’s high levels of debt, a crash on commodity price and an accounting scandal in 2017 that made investors act on lawsuits that had been settled in the previous year.

 

In mid-2014, Penn West Petroleum announced that they were experiencing improper classification of expenses that had led to the loss of so much money in millions. The situation forced them to restate their reports of finance from 2012 to March 2014. The scandals forced the company to reduce the employees count from 1,400 to about 400 and their product from 135,000 to 28,000 oil barrels in a day. Obsidian Energy then used their asset sales to reduce their net debt from about $3 billion in 2013 to $384 million in March 2017. In November 2017, they announced that they had settled a lawsuit filed by the US SEC in June 2017 concerning the 2014 restatement of particular financial results with $8.5 million. The settlement terms required the company to pay the stated amount without denying or admitting the allegations. This move would restore the company’s long-term Legacy.

 

Obsidian runs under three principles; innovation and relentless progress pursuit, disciplined commercial and technical decision making to protect and build enterprise value, and transparent and accountable efforts with their partners, shareholders, and operational communities. Obsidian Energy is now well-positioned with a balance sheet that’s healthy, a hedging strategy that is prudent and right assets that would allow it to set performance standards even in environments with lower prices. Its operations would now be different from those of Penn West Petroleum since it is now a smaller company whose maintenance will be easy to handle.

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