Kinder Morgan Canada is cladding mounting pressure to detail its plans for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline flourishing when it releases its first earnings report Wednesday since prevalent public.
Analysts and investors are hoping for clarity on the fate of the project, which has been lunge press upon into question since John Horgan’s NDP in British Columbia fought power from the Liberals with the help of the Greens, who are staunchly contested to the $7.4-billion development.
The company, which has said it stands by the rates of the project, is scheduled to report its second-quarter results after markets devoted Wednesday, followed by a conference call with analysts.
«We expect KML-specific subject-matters to be covered to include whether the Trans Mountain expansion project is on shadow for construction to begin in September 2017, as well as commentary on the NDP-led domination in B.C.,» said RBC analyst Robert Kwan in a report to clients.
Kinder Morgan Canada president Ian Anderson has mentioned he is willing to meet with the provincial NDP and Greens but won’t make further concessions on the conjure up, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the energy giant and the fledgling ministry.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Lost motive since IPO
In May, Kinder Morgan Canada completed its $1.75-billion beginning public offering to raise funds for the Trans Mountain expansion in one of the biggest and most argumentative IPOs in Canada in recent memory.
Since then, its stock has extinct ground from the initial offering of $17 per share, trading for $16.18 on the Toronto Amass Exchange on Tuesday.
TD Securities analyst Linda Ezergailis wrote in a on that clarification on timing of the Trans Mountain project will disposed to boost the company’s shares.
«We believe that KML shares will re-rate upwards one time investor confidence in the timing of bringing TMEP into service is bolstered by a free line of sight to the conclusion of provincial political uncertainty and litigation associated with popular license issues,» she said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the work up to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., end fall and then-B.C. premier Christy Clark came to support it in January after five persuades she placed on it had been met.
However, after Clark lost the election, Horgan has swore to use «every tool» available to stop the expansion.
After being declared in on Tuesday, Horgan said the Ministry of Justice was planning to brief him on the stature of several legal cases underway in the province.
«We’re going to talk to the heterogeneous ministries responsible for permitting and we’ll have more to say about that in the future.»
The sequels from Kinder Morgan Canada kick off second-quarter earnings in the oilpatch, with advice about shipper commitments for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline also required to garner attention when the pipeline company reports its results on July 28.
Higher Canadian interest rates and uncertainty about where oil guerdons are headed have made for a cautious mood as major Calgary-based in britain directors roll out their latest earnings, with Husky Energy and Encana accounting on Friday.
Judith Dwarkin, chief economist at RS Energy Group, said higher value rates generally mean a stronger loonie, spelling bad news for oil trains who pay most of their costs in Canadian dollars and sell most of their works in U.S. currency.
«It’s a little more headwind for producers already facing adequately strong headwinds,» she said.
«At the same time, oil prices are starting to ruse up so that to some extent may help to offset the impact of the higher dollar.»
CIBC analyst Arthur Grayfer translated in a note Monday that results from oil and gas companies that also own refineries desire be aided by better refining profit margins in the second quarter.
He explained many major oil and gas producers in Western Canada had planned and unplanned subvention shutdowns in the second quarter which could result in lower manufacturing and higher costs.