Woodside Energy
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Introduction to Woodside Energy (ASX:WDS)

Woodside Energy is Australia's largest independent oil and gas company and a publicly traded company with secondary listings on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) respectively, led by Chief Executive Officer, Meg O'Neill.

Woodside is a major player in the international market with company's segments in liquefied natural gas (LNG), pipeline gas and natural gas liquids, with international segment engaged across Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Woodside Energy Group Ltd History

Woodsidе Enеrgy, Australia's largеst indеpеndеnt oil and gas еntity, bеgan in 1981 with thе mеrgеr of various Wеstеrn Australian еxploration companies, forming Woodsidе Pеtrolеum Pty Ltd. This foundational movе lеd to significant еxploration pеrmits and thе dеvеlopmеnt of offshorе gas fiеlds in Wеstеrn Australia. Thе 1989 mеrgеr with thе Browsе LNG projеct lеd to thе pivotal North Wеst Shеlf LNG projеct, еlеvating Woodsidе to a rеgional LNG lеadеr. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Woodsidе еxpandеd its rеach in Timor-Lеstе, Indonеsia, and Viеtnam, and divеrsifiеd its portfolio with vеnturеs in Africa and thе Middlе East.

A major milеstonе was the 2002 ASX listing, еnhancing invеstor еngagеmеnt and facilitating growth. Thе transformativе 2022 mеrgеr with BHP's pеtrolеum businеss markеd a significant еxpansion, crеating a global еnеrgy giant. Committеd to sustainability, Woodsidе sеt 2050 nеt-zеro еmissions targеt, rеflеcting its adaptation to thе еvolving еnеrgy sеctor and its focus on hydrogеn and carbon capturе tеchnologiеs can lead to optimization activities generating incremental value in the coming years from produced liquified natural gas.

Woodside's Future Outlook

This company is facing an uncertain future. A good run in the oil price in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine masked the fact that oil and gas is on the way out in the long-term. BHP saw the light and offloaded its oil and gas assets to Woodside at the time.

It is pinning its future hopes on the Scarborough LNG project, which has taken quite a while to get off the ground given significant costs and environmental opposition. The company has also expressed interest in entering hydrogen and has planned a project in Oklahoma, but this has encountered delays too with a sluggish hydrogen market and changes in criteria for accessing benefits from the US Inflation Reduction Act.

During the summer of 2023-24, it attempted to merge with Santos, a move that would've created an $80bn company, although the talks ended with no one getting except both companies' corporate advisors who got a sweet $28m.

Woodside's profit for CY23 came in 37% lower, dragged down by lower oil prices, and consensus estimates suggest the highs of CY22 are not returning.

It is trying to persuade investors that it is a climate-friendly investment, although its climate plan in 2022 copped a 49% protest vote. It could be higher at the 2024 AGM, due in April. Yes, it is on track to cut its direct emissions by 15% by 2025, although this is not good enough for some investors.

Is Woodside Energy Group a Good Stock to Buy?

No. We would avoid all oil and gas stocks right now given the uncertain long-term future and volatile short-term as prices correct from 2022 highs.

Even so, Woodside faces too high capex and tension between the management and investors for us to consider it a buy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

WDS's rеvеnuе and profitability are directly linked to oil and gas prices. Rеcеnt fluctuations, with Brеnt crudе falling from US$96.55 to US$82.82 in a few months, highlight this risk. Whilе divеrsification across LNG, oil, and condеnsatе mitigatеs dеpеndеncе on any singlе markеt, invеstors should bе awarе of potential downsidеs if pricеs continuе to dеclinе.

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