July 16, 2023

I first wrote about In-Play Oil (IPOOF) on April 24, 2022 here:

Since then, the stock has gone from $3.03 to $1.95, a decrease of 35%.  IPOOF is clearly cheaper now than it was then, and that’s reflected in the multiples (see below).



See here:



Here is the company’s most recent investor presentation:

In-Play Oil appears very cheap.  Here are the multiples:

    • EV/EBITDA = 1.50
    • P/E = 3.17
    • P/B = 0.81
    • P/CF = 1.40
    • P/S = 1.01

The Piotroski F_Score is 8, which is very good.

The market cap is $174 million.  The enterprise value (EV) is $199.1 million.

TL/TA is 38.6%, which is good.

Insider ownership is 6.1%.  That is worth a bit more than $10.6 million.  If the stock at least doubles, insiders can make at least $10.6 million.

ROE is 30.4%, which is very good.

In-Play Oil continues to buy back shares of its stock, which creates significant value because the stock is very undervalued.  Also, the current dividend yield is 6.9%, which the company says is sustainable even at an oil price of $55 WTI.

Intrinsic value scenarios:

    • Low case: If there is a bear market or recession, IPOOF could temporarily decline 50%.  This would be a major buying opportunity.
    • Mid case: The current P/CF (price-to-cash flow), based on normalized cash flow of $53.2 million, is 3.27.  But In-Play Oil should eventually be at least 8 x cash flow.  That would make the stock worth $4.77, which is 145% higher than today’s $1.95.
    • High case: If the oil price averages $90 WTI, then cash flow would increase at least 50%.  At 8 x cash flow, IPOOF would be worth $7.16, which is over 265% higher than today’s $1.95.



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