The investment attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor losses in oil and gas related investments. Our firm is investigating potential securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.
According to Bloomberg, bonds of Odebrecht Oleo & Gas SA (Odebrecht), the oil services arm of Latin America’s largest construction conglomerate plunged to record lows after Petroleo Brasileiro SA, the corruption plagued stated owned oil company, canceled a contract to rent one of its drilling rigs. Odebrecht Offshore Drill Finance’s $1.5 billion of bonds come due in 2022 and are backed by cash flows coming from four drilling rigs. On the news back in September 2015, shares of the bonds fell 12% to about 26 cents on the dollar. Also $550 million in perpetual dollar bonds from Odebrecht Oil & Finance also declined.
More recently, Fitch Ratings has downgraded the senior secured notes issued by Odebrecht Offshore Drilling Finance Ltd. (OODFL) to ‘CCC’, and affirmed the senior secured notes issued by Odebrecht Drilling Norbe VIII/IX Ltd. at ‘B’.
Oil and gas and commodities related investments have been recommended by brokers under the assumption that commodities prices would continue to go up. Some experts are saying that if production volume continues to be as high as it currently is and demand growth weak that the return to $100 a barrel is years away.
Before recommending investments in oil and gas and commodities related investments, brokers and advisors must ensure that the investment is appropriate for the investor and conduct due diligence on the company in order to understand the risks and prospects of the company. Many of these companies relied upon high energy prices in order to sustain their operations. As reported by the Wall Street Journal the drop in oil and energy prices and the industry downturn has made it difficult for many companies to refinance their debts.
Brokers who sell oil and gas and commodities products are obligated to understand the risks of these investments and convey them to clients. Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.