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Platteville, Colorado-based Synergy Resources Corp. (SYRG - Snapshot Report) has commenced a public offering of 10,000,000 common shares.

The energy explorer also intends to provide the underwriters with a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,500,000 additional common shares. Synergy Resources plans to use the net proceeds from this offering – together with available cash and credit facilities – to finance the previously announced 18-month capital program, as well as for corporate purposes.

As per Synergy Resources’ spending plan for the period till Aug 31, 2014, it has budgeted $154 million towards drilling program. Of the total, more than 90% will go toward oil and gas exploration projects in the Wattenberg Field.

Synergy Resources is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties. The company’s operations are concentrated primarily in the Wattenberg Field of the emerging Niobrara shale formation within the DJ Basin of southeast Wyoming and northern Colorado.

Synergy Resources currently retains a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), implying that it is expected underperform the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to three months. This reflects the company’s string of disappointing results.

In the recently reported fiscal second quarter (three months ended Feb 28, 2013), Synergy Resources delivered a negative 16.7% earnings surprise – the fourth earnings miss in a row – hamstrung by depressed crude prices.

While we expect Synergy Resources to perform below its peers and industry levels in the coming months and see little reason for investors to own the stock, one can look at Endeavour International Corp. (END - Snapshot Report), EXCO Resources Inc. (XCO - Snapshot Report) and Harvest Natural Resources Inc. (HNR - Snapshot Report) as good buying opportunities. These domestic upstream energy operators – sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) – have solid secular growth stories with potential to rise from current levels.

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