Noble Energy SWOT Analysis, USP & Competitors

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SWOT Analysis of Noble Energy with USP, Competition, STP (Segmentation, Targeting, Positioning) - Marketing Analysis

Noble Energy

Parent Company

Noble Energy

Category

Oil and Gas

Sector

Energy

Tagline/ Slogan

Energizing the World, Bettering People's Lives

USP

A leading independent energy company with a diverse portfolio of high-quality assets, a track record of success and a sound strategy for the future

STP

Segment

Enterprises which require energy

Target Group

Entities seeking crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids

Positioning

An independent energy company engaged in worldwide exploration, development and production of oil and gas

SWOT Analysis

Strengths

1. It has a diverse portfolio of high quality assets spread across several countries, which allows it long-lived production at not-so-large maintenance capital
2. Strong cash flows from its core operating areas(DJ Basin, the Marcellus Shale, the deep water Gulf of Mexico, offshore West Africa and offshore Eastern Mediterranean) allows the company to reinvest in new assets and fund newer projects o increase future revenues
3. Strategic partnerships (with FOGL, Chevron in Sierra Leone and CONSOL etc) to expand its operations have helped it save costs, leverage the partners’ infrastructure and expertise, thereby allowing it to focus better on its core competencies

4. It has its presence spread across 5 countries

Weaknesses

1. Dependence on third party pipelines for transportation and gathering facility, which can be temporarily unavailable, or be too cost-ineffective in the future
2. Noble’s operations are concentrated in five core areas: the DJ Basin, the Marcellus Shale, and the deep water Gulf of Mexico in the US, offshore West Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean which exposes the company to huge losses in case of political and economic instability in these zones

Opportunities

1. Exploration projects in offshore Israel, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, West Africa and Mexico are expected to generate higher returns
2. Divestiture of non-core assets (eg. onshore US properties of Kansas, western Oklahoma, western Texas and the Texas Panhandle etc.) will allow the company to generate organizational and operational efficiencies as well as cash for use in its capital investment program
3. Increasing liquid fuel consumption in the US, coupled with the company’s growing focus on producing more liquids will help it gain increased revenues

Threats

1. Volatile global prices of crude oil and natural gas and their fluctuations could adversely affect the company’s operations and profitability
2. Intense competition with other integrated players in the market, with larger revenues and global operations could decline its market share, thereby affecting its businesses adversely
3. Stringent governmental rules and environmental regulations, which are difficult to comply with, may increase the costs of doing business, thereby reducing the company’s profitability in the business

Competition

Competitors

1. Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation
2. Murphy Oil Corporation
3. EOG Resources
4. Apache Corporation



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