Oil Producers Languish as Airlines Fly High ✈️
Oil executives sometimes use crude language, especially to describe their disappointment of low oil prices. With the WTI price at around $48 a barrel it’s very difficult for North American oil producers to make a profit. ⛽ The 50% decline in crude price over the last year forced Husky Energy (HSE) to trim capital spending by $400 million earlier this year. Husky’s 2nd quarter profit in 2015 fell to just $120 million, compared to $628 million from the same quarter last year. The entire oil and gas industry is in quite the shemozzle right now.
But not everyone is complaining. The cheap cost of oil has actually provided a lift for airlines. 😀 Companies like Westjet (WJA) use a lot of fuel. In fact about 33% of Westjet’s operating cost is aviation fuel for its planes. In the 2nd quarter Westjet announced its profit was 19% higher than the same quarter in 2014.
Over the long run airlines usually underperform oil companies. However in the last 5 years Westjet shares have increased by about 85%, while Husky shares have been pretty much flat. Does this mean we should dump oil stocks and buy airlines? I think the best plan right now is to continue investing in growing companies and wait it out. That’s pretty much what I’ve done this past month. My biggest winner in July was Amazon.com. $AMZN shares rose 22% over the past 31 days due to higher than expected earnings, and my net worth increased $1,000 via this one company alone.
- Part-Time Work = $1100
- Dividends = $500
- Interest = $200
- Fun = $100
- Debt Interest = $1500
*Net Worth: (MoM)
- Assets: = $903,600 total (+6200)
- Cash = $3,500 (+1000)
- Stocks CDN =$92,500 (-1100)
- Stocks US = $70,800 (+5700)
- RRSP = $51,800 (+600)
- MICs = $15,000
- Home = $259,000
- Farms = $411,000
- Debts: = $507,100 total (-1000)
- Mortgage = $193,000 (-500)
- Farm Loans = $200,200 (-500)
- Margin Loan CDN = $29,900 (+300)
- Margin Loan US = $26,700 (+900)
- TD Line of Credit = $25,500 (-500)
- CIBC Line of Credit = $10,000
- HELOC = $18,200
- RRSP Loans = $3,600 (-700)
*Total Net Worth = $395,600 (+$7,200 / +1.85%)
All numbers above are in $CDN. Conversion rate used: 1.00 CAD = 0.77 USD
Cash: $3,500 – This is the total I have in my checking and savings accounts. I don’t have an emergency fund because I think it will hinder my financial progress.
Canadian Stocks: $92,500 – Includes all the stocks I have in my TFSA, and margin Canadian account. I started buying blue-chip, large cap dividend paying stocks in 2009 and have consistently been adding to my portfolio. The Canadian stock market has had a great run since.
U.S. Stocks: $70,800 – Includes all my stocks in my U.S. margin account.
RRSP: $51,800 – Stocks and bonds in my retirement account.
MICs: $15,000 – Mortgage investment corporation units I hold. MICs are fixed income securities that pay better than bonds, but are relatively less risky than stocks.
Home: $259,000 – The condo I purchased in 2009 and currently live in. It’s value has increased every year thanks to the vibrant Vancouver real estate market.
Farmland: $411,000 – One of my best purchases. Double digit annual return every year since I bought my farmland.
The best cure for low oil prices, is low oil prices. Energy companies have already pulled back capital investments in further oil production due to the diminishing profitability of selling oil right now. This will ultimately lead to a shortage of supply as demand catches up some time in the future. And when that happens crude price will go back up and oil companies like Husky will once again experience high earnings, and Westjet will once again feel the pinch of high fuel costs.
Random Useless Fact
Last year a programmer spend 2 years worth of his salary to buy 99 iPhone 6s. He arranged them in the shape of a heart and proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of it.
She said no.