DUG Haynesville: Despite Boom, Oil and Gas Stocks Still Undervalued, Expert Says

With oil and gas prices and exports both rising, KeyBanc’s Jay Salitza told DUG Haynesville attendees that he sees plenty of reason for optimism.

DUG Haynesville: Despite Boom, Oil and Gas Stocks Still Undervalued, Expert Says

Jay Salitza, managing director for oil and gas at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., explains why he is optimistic about natural gas at DUG Haynesville on May 26. (Source: Joseph Markman/Hart Energy)

SHREVEPORT, La.—Capital discipline is the secret sauce that has vaulted the oil and gas sector ahead of all others in the stock market this year, but from a relative value perspective, energy companies are still trading fairly modestly, a markets expert said May 26.

Energy companies as a whole are trading at 8x EBITDA and account for about 5% of the S&P 500 index, said Jay Salitza, managing director for oil and gas at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., at Hart Energy’s DUG Haynesville conference and exhibition. By contrast, the technology sector trades at 17x EBITDA and constitutes about 25% of the index.

“So, you’re either going to see a lot more running room for gas stocks, or further compression from the tech space over time,” Salitza said. “Oil and gas, in our opinion, continues to show the ability to return capital to shareholders.”

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Joseph Markman

Joseph Markman, senior editor for Hart Energy, covers markets and provides data analysis for all Hart Energy editorial products.