Transatlantic Petroleum (NYSEMKT:TAT)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5


Player Avatar topsecret10 (< 20) Submitted: 3/6/2011 4:51:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $34.80 TAT Score: -136.71

This Is truly a "topsecret" pick.... An undiscovered gem that needs a little polish. I really like this company at these prices for the LONGER term. Mitchell Group & associates own approximately 47% of TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. The following information highlights Mitchell Group's history, rich track record, and may provide scope in applying past successes to TransAtlantic's future. Entrepreneurial History
In 1985, Mr. Malone Mitchell 3rd founded Riata Energy, an oil & gas Company based in Amarillo, TX. Within the first five years, Riata acquired fourteen small oil producers and completed its first successful well. In the early 1990's, Riata expanded geographically through asset purchases in the Piceance Basin of Colorado and the Permian Basin of West Texas. The Company implemented a vertically integrated strategy, which increased Riata's focus on oil field services and midstream assets to reduce finding and production costs.
Through asset purchases from several major oil & gas companies in 1991, Pakenham field was established. In 1994, Riata sold Pakenham field to Chevron for $97 million. In 1995, Riata acquired 200,000 acres of prospective acreage in the Pinon Field. Soon after, Riata became the sole operator in the area through a purchase from FINA.

In 1997, Riata purchased its first rig through an operating subsidiary, Lariat Services. Over the subsequent few years, Riata expanded its rig fleet to increase exploration and development. Additionally, Riata acquired and built-out gathering systems and treating plants through its midstream services subsidiary, ROC Gas Company. In 2003, Riata purchased an initial interest in Petrosource, an integrated CO2 Company. In 2005, Riata began development of its Piceance Basin acreage. In January 2006, Riata filed an S-1 to go public. However, in July 2006, Mr. Mitchell sold a $500 million controlling stake to Mr. Tom Ward, former co-founder of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK).

In November 2006, Riata Energy purchased National Energy Group for $1.5 billion from American Real Estate Partners, an entity controlled by Carl Icahn. National Energy Group's core assets were in the Val Verde and Permian Basins of West Texas, including overlapping or contiguous interests in Riata's properties. Soon after, Riata's headquarters were moved to Oklahoma City, OK and SandRidge Energy became the Company's new name.

SandRidge made its initial public offering in November 2007, offering 28 million common shares for $26.00/share. At time of IPO, Mr. Mitchell was the second largest shareholder of SandRidge's common stock. The Company trades on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker SD.

In December 2006, Mr. Mitchell resigned from daily management at SandRidge. From 1985-2006, Mr. Mitchell built Riata Energy into one of the largest privately held energy companies in the United States. Riata's key characteristics and milestones include:
(1) 2006 Revenue and EBITDA of approximately $388mm and $93mm, respectively.
(2) 1 TCF in proved reserves.
(3) Operated for BP, Chevron, Conoco, Exxon, Occidental, amongst others.
(4) Executed the largest farm-out agreement in Exxon's history, covering approximately 200 square miles, which committed Riata to drilling 25 wells per year.
(5) 300 miles of gas gathering pipeline.
(6) Greater than 34,000 horsepower of gas compression.
(7) At one time, Riata owned and operated the second largest under-balanced drilling Company in the world.
(8) In 2006, Lariat Services (Riata's field services and drilling subsidiary) owned or operated 43 drilling rigs, had assets, sales, and third- party net income of $175mm, $139mm and $33mm, respectively.
(9) In 2006, Riata completed approximately one well per day.

New Ventures
Shortly after stepping down from SandRidge, Mr. Mitchell founded Mitchell Group in an effort to return to the entrepreneurial stage of the energy industry. Substantially all of the key management who worked for Mr. Mitchell at Riata/SandRidge left the Company and joined him at Mitchell Group.

The Case for International
In early 2008, Mitchell Group determined that greater, conventional opportunities existed internationally. Mitchell Group began targeting investments with the following features:

Company specific:
(1) Management/technical team with an international record and in-country staff.
(2) Large, undeveloped, onshore acreage base.
(3) Potential to reproduce Riata's vertically integrated drilling & service business, Lariat Services.
Country specific:
(4) Feature attractive fiscal terms, including tax and royalty rates.
(5) Known petroleum systems but only sparsely explored.
(6) Import a meaningful share of oil & gas (e.g., Turkey is dependent on Russian oil and gas).
(7) Improve results through technology and scale.
(8) Introduce service business with very little competition.

Mitchell Group's International Vehicle: TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.
In 2008 through 2010, Mitchell Group invested over US $192 million in TransAtlantic. Mr. Mitchell became the Company's Chairman and former Riata Energy executive, Matt McCann, became TransAtlantic's CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Mitchell Group's commitment to TransAtlantic extends beyond just financial. The Group has committed key operational and technical resources, including former successful managers from Riata and National Energy Group. TS

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Member Avatar topsecret10 (< 20) Submitted: 3/9/2011 7:59:15 PM
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Just gave this one a big green check mark today as the stock drifts lower. If they want to put It on sale I'll keep buying It. Management knows what they are doing ... :) TS

Member Avatar osucowboys344 (28.32) Submitted: 4/29/2011 3:18:20 AM
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Malone is the master of building companies. He buys the best assets on the market at low prices. This will float around for a while like riata and before you know it the company will sell to exxon mobil for 8-10 times the current market price.

Member Avatar JMK4Peace (< 20) Submitted: 6/14/2011 2:05:21 AM
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Topsecret10's thread sets it fairly straight for the buy on TAT. So am I crazy or has this dip been one of the greatest buying opportunities of the year so far, at least for this particular stock?! I have been long on this, first getting in around $3 and have been dollar cost averaging while it has declined, with this last dip to the $1.70 range posing the best. How is it not possible to optimistic on this stock, with the Mitchell group's personal stake, vertical integration (with Viking rep'ing a major asset, read analyst Neil Dingmann) and production potential in Turkey especially. There is no doubt about Malone's multi-faceted abilities in the E & P space, and his overwhelming commitment to Transatlantic's overseas assets seems unquestionable. I am just wondering if there is a real reason to be concerned about further and more sustained dips. Shareholders meeting coming up in 2 weeks and I imagine feedback from that will be quite helpful. All my best to those, like me, who have very high, and seemingly well founded, hopes for this play.

Member Avatar TimothyVR (< 20) Submitted: 6/15/2011 4:22:20 PM
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Interesting discussion. I also bought shares last year at @ $3 and have watched this go up and down, but mostly down. Boone Pickens headed for the exits on this one recently.

Member Avatar topsecret10 (< 20) Submitted: 6/20/2011 12:35:18 AM
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Still like the story here,and the bad news seems priced In now for sure. I will be watching this one closely right now,and I will post more Info soon. Small cap stocks have been hammered In general over the past couple of months. :)

Member Avatar topsecret10 (< 20) Submitted: 6/20/2011 12:35:56 AM
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Still like the story here,and the bad news seems priced In now for sure. I will be watching this one closely right now,and I will post more Info soon. Small cap stocks have been hammered In general over the past couple of months. :)

Member Avatar topsecret10 (< 20) Submitted: 6/20/2011 11:39:08 AM
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Extreme Oil Stocks KAZ, CAK and TAT: Exploring for Oil in Unusual Places KAZ, CAK and TAT explore for oil in places like Kazakhstan, Inner Mongolia and Romania – places that most investors would not think of first when it comes to oil.

Member Avatar factsmatter (< 20) Submitted: 8/11/2011 11:12:42 AM
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I guess facts don't matter to topsecret10. There is a reason TAT has crashed, bad management on the financial end, horrible management on the technical side. Mitchell built his first company on blindly drilling on the family ranch and got just dumb lucky. Then he hired Mize and things got really stupid. In a business where good science has been the key for 100 years, TAT cannot even spell geology. They buy tiny fields at inflated prices and then brag, but can't find a new field to save their lives. Ask the companies that partner up with them, you will hear words like cluster f.... Long term Mitchell is the only one who will make money off this, with his corporate games. Boone Pickens, Michael Dell, etc. were smart to get all the way out when the discovered the truth.

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