10 Junior Gas Companies to Consider

By Robert Sullivan – Exclusive to Gas Investing NewsTop 10 Junior Gas Companies

Investors looking for plays on junior gas companies may want to consider those among the top holdings of the BMO Junior Gas Index ETF (TSX:ZJN), one of just a small handful of funds focused on junior companies in the gas sector.

Launched in May 2010, the fund is designed to replicate the performance of the Dow Jones North America Select Junior Gas Index, which invests in junior companies in the US and Canada that have the majority of their business derived from gas-related activities.

Below is an overview of the BMO Junior Gas Index ETF top 10 holdings, which account for 53.17 percent of the fund’s portfolio.   

1. Chart Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTLS) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 6.76%

Chart specializes in equipment and processing systems for the natural gas sector, and is an industry leader in the design and fabrication natural gas liquefaction equipment. The company provides components for use in the ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) Optimized Cascade Process for liquefying natural gas, and holds a patent for its own liquefaction technology, the IPSMR process.

2. Trilogy Energy Corp. (TSX:TET) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 6.43%

Trilogy was formed out of a spinoff by Paramount Resources in 2005, and is focused on tight gas plays that can be exploited through horizontal drilling. The company’s core property is in the Kaybob area of Central Alberta, which contributes over 90 percent of its overall output. Trilogy has forecast production in 2012 will hit 138 Mmcf per day, and have listed total proved reserves of 230.6 bcf.

3. Gulfport Energy Corp. (NASDAQ:GPOR) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 5.77%

Oklahoma-based Gulfport have producing assets in two locations on the Louisiana coast, which account for over 85 percent of its current average output per day of 6,290 barrels of oil equivalent (boe), and one in the Permian Basin in Western Texas. The company also holds acreage in the Utica shale in Ohio, and the Niobara shale in Colorado.

4. McMoRan Exploration Co. (NYSE:MMR) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 5.70%

McMoRan’s operations are primarily focused on “deep and ultra-deep gas plays” in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The company also holds producing assets onshore in Texas and Louisiana.

5. Stone Energy Corp. (NYSE:SGY) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 5.37%

Stone holds 90,000 acres in the Marcellus shale formation with its core property the Mary field in West Virginia. In mid-December, the company announced that 11 wells drilled in the Mary field had all flow tested between 3 to 5 MMcf, and that it has plans to complete another 13 wells in the field during 2012. Outside of the Mary field, Stone produces 15 MMcf per day from its other holdings in the Marcellus shale.

6. Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 5.33%

Operating primarily out of the producing regions in Texas and Louisiana, Targa is one of the largest independent mid-stream companies in the US, specializing in the processing, transmission and storage of gas and natural gas liquids (NGL).

7. Bill Barrett Corp. (NYSE:BBG) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 4.86%

Bill Barrett is active in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, and has claimed 1,118 bcf of proven reserves. Average production across its properties is roughly 243 MMcf per day, and its Powder River basin play in Wyoming  is targeting coal-bed methane.

8. Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 4.79%

Birchcliff owns producing assets in North Eastern British Columbia, primarily in the Montney and Doig areas. Total current production in 2011 across all of its properties averaged 18,150 boe per day, with gas making up 75 percent of the output.

9. Paramount Resources Ltd. (TSX:POU) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 4.25%

Like Trilogy Energy, Paramount owns interests in the Kaybob area of Alberta, which account for over half of its average daily output of 20,707 boe. 79 percent of Paramount’s output is comprised of gas, and the company has set a production target of 28,000 boe for Q1 2012.

10. Semgroup Corp. (NYSE:SEMG) – BMO Junior Gas Index ETF Holdings: 3.91%

Semgroup operates pipelines, storage terminals, and processing facilities, with a network of pipelines in the US stretching 800 miles across Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company is also active in British Columbia and Alberta, where it owns and operates four gas processing plants.


Disclosure: I, Robert Sullivan, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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  • Hi Robert

    Thanks for sharing
    How does one know more about these junior gas companies ?

    Say for example drillers / extracters
    – IF these are the junior who are the bigger ones ?
    – What else should one know of Competition
    – Quality of management
    – Market size …say for example drillers, will drilling continue IF prices keep sliding ?
    – What other risks ?
    – What are the other bigger drillers doing ?



    • Hi Subu,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I think a good place to start would be company websites.
      Junior companies are usually keen to share as much information about their
      operations as possible, because they need to attract investment for funding
      their projects, and potential investors will want a clear picture of the
      company and its prospects.

      Two areas to pay particular attention to would be
      information on the company’s core properties/prospects, and information on the
      company’s management.

      Ultimately, a junior company is either looking to raise
      capital to develop a resource, or to be bought out by a bigger company, and to achieve
      this they need to prove they have a proven resource that can be brought to commercial
      production, and a capable and experienced management team.    


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