This board is for fundamental and technical discussion about the Southwestern Energy Company, SWN.
Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and crude oil in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. The Company's exploration and production activities are concentrated in the Arkoma Basin, East Texas, the Permian Basin and the onshore Gulf Coast. It's wholly owned subsidiary, Arkansas Western Gas Company, referred to as Arkansas Western, operates integrated natural gas distribution systems in northern Arkansas. The Company provides marketing services in each of its core areas of operation through its gas-marketing subsidiary, Southwestern Energy Services Company.
Financially speaking, SWN has reflected considerable growth during the last five years. With a 5-year CAGR of 31% in its topline, not only was the company able to absorb the oil market crash of 2008 (with a minor dip in sales and a slightly red bottomline), its average annual profitability growth excess over revenue growth tells that it has also been able to generate better returns for its shareholders.
From an investment perspective, though the company appears as expensive based on its earnings comparison with its closest competitors like Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) and Williams Companies Inc. (WMB), the justification of this premium lies in SWN's operational superiority over CHK and WMB.
During the last four quarters, in contrast to WMB's $ 525 million loss and CHK's net margin of 10%, SWN was able to come out with a towering net margin of 22% (2006-2010 net margin - excl. 2009: 22%). 2350 N.
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