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Following Vaalco Energy Inc.'s (EGY:NYSE) Svenska acquisition, the company's target price was increased in a Roth MKM research note.

Roth MKM analyst John M. White, in a research report published on June 11, 2024, provided an update on Vaalco Energy Inc. (EGY:NYSE) following the company's recent acquisition of Svenska Petroleum Exploration AB. The analyst increased the target price for Vaalco Energy from US$7.25 to US$8.00 and maintained a Buy rating on the stock.

"Our estimate for 2Q 2024 sales increases from 16,280 BOE per day to 18,717 BOE per day due to the updated guidance to reflect the closing of the Svenska acquisition," White noted. "The acquisition adds 13 million BOE of proved reserves, and after updating our NAV model, we are increasing our target price from US$7.25 to US$8.00."

The increased sales estimate has also led to improved financial projections for Vaalco Energy. White improved his Q2 2024 estimates for EPS, CFPS, and EBITDA to US$0.13, US$0.76, and US$76.8 million from  US$0.06, US$0.57, and US$57.3 million.

White highlighted that the increases in sales estimates for the third and fourth quarters of 2024 reflect Roth MKM's estimate of increased crude oil liftings in those periods, as no drilling and completion activity is planned for the second half of 2024.

The analyst believes that Vaalco Energy's shares appear attractive at current levels, trading at an enterprise value to 2024 EBITDA multiple of 1.9x and a price to 2024 cash flow per share multiple of 2.0x.

"EGY has zero debt, US$113 million of cash on hand and by our estimates is set to generate US$181 million of free cash flow during 2024," White noted. "The annual dividend of US$0.25 per share produces a yield of 4.1%."

Roth MKM's valuation methodology for Vaalco Energy is based on a net asset value (NAV) model, which incorporates the company's proved reserves, production estimates, and financial projections. The analyst's target price of US$8.00 per share represents a significant potential upside from the stock price at the time of the report of US$6.06.

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Disclosures: ROTH makes a market in shares of Vaalco Energy Inc. and as such, buys and sells from customers on a principal basis. Within the last twelve months, ROTH has received compensation for non-investment banking securities-related services from Vaalco Energy Inc..

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