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Santos Ltd STO

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No-Moat Santos’ Strong First Quarter Largely as Expected. No Change to AUD 10.30 FVE.

Mark Taylor Senior Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Mark Taylor |

We make no change to our AUD 10.30 fair value for no-moat Santos. The company reported better than expected first-quarter production of 24.8 million barrels of oil equivalent, down just 2% and exceeding our expectations. But there is no longer-term fair value implication. Santos maintains all prior guidance.

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Company Profile

Business Description

Santos was founded in 1954. The company's name is an acronym for South Australia Northern Territory Oil Search. The first Cooper Basin gas discovery came in 1963, with initial supplies in 1969. Santos became a major enterprise, though over-reliance on the Cooper Basin, along with the Moomba field's inexorable decline, saw it struggle to maintain relevance in the first decade of the 21st century. However, the stage has been set for a renaissance via conversion of coal seam gas into LNG in Queensland and conventional gas to LNG in PNG.

60 Flinders Street, Ground Floor Santos Centre
Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia
T +61 881165000
Sector Energy
Industry Oil & Gas E&P
Most Recent Earnings
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type
Employees 2,722