Split Rock

North American Shale Energy

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  • Strategy Stocks
Split Rock Private Trading & Wealth Management monitors, evaluates, and then invests in companies with significant exposure to the Bakken formation of the Williston Basin, as well as other major U.S. oil and natural gas shale deposits. These include Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Green River, and Haynesville.
Our strategy is driven primarily by fundamental analysis. We tend to favor companies with consistent growth, stable earnings and dividends, limited debt, low P/E multiples and strong cash flows. We supplement our research with technical analysis that helps to identify trends. In this portfolio, several companies selected might be in their initial growth stage, in which case we invest based on our analysis of growth potential relative to regional peers.
We begin by analyzing all publicly traded companies that have exposure to major shale deposits. We then screen stocks based on fundamental properties, and select equities with the desired statistics and perceived growth potential. We conclude by cross checking our research with other well respected analysts’ recommendations before we make our final selections. Data sources include, but are not limited to Standard & Poors, Morningstar, Kwanti and CNBC.
We typically have 50 or fewer holdings. Each individual stock usually represents between 2 to 15% of the portfolio. Rebalancing is conducted to make either tactical adjustments or based on stock performance.
Our sell discipline is based on many factors including both strategic and tactical adjustments to the portfolio, as well as our ongoing fundamental and technical analysis.
Split Rock may invest in non-shale deposit related energy plays in the event of any unforeseen political, environmental or other events that may negatively affect shale operation and production.

Portfolio Manager performance


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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 14.8%

    Best quarter

  • -17.5%

    Worst quarter

    • 1% fee
    • $20,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Portfolio Manager performance graph

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. Client account performance is displayed on the client dashboard.

Performance Portfolio inception December 28, 2011

as of May 25, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500 Energy ETF S&P 500
Month-to-date -2.2% -2.0% 1.3%
Quarter-to-date -9.3% -4.9% 2.2%
Last 365 Days -2.1% -1.3% 15.5%
Since inception (Annualized) -0.9% -0.5% 12.9%
2017 (YTD) -12.8% -11.7% 7.9%
2016 29.8% 24.9% 9.5%
2015 -23.2% -23.8% -0.7%
2014 -3.1% -10.6% 11.4%
2013 18.6% 23.9% 29.6%
2012 -4.4% 3.3% 13.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of May 25, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500 Energy ETF S&P 500
Volatility 17.5% 18.6% 9.6%
Sharpe Ratio -0.17 -0.12 1.52
Sortino Ratio -0.28 -0.20 1.89
Maximum Drawdown -15.7% -14.9% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -4.1% -4.3% -2.2%
S&P 500 Energy ETF vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.11 -1.28
Alpha -0.9% -17.5%
Beta 0.87 1.14
R-Squared 0.85 0.39


  • Energy
  • Equity Fund
  • Basic Materials
  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Diversified

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Portfolio commentary

Latest transactions Average trades per month 9.2

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
May 25, 2017 RSPP RSP Permian Inc Sell $39.26
May 15, 2017 PWR Quanta Services Inc Buy $32.58
May 15, 2017 KMI Kinder Morgan Inc/DE Sell $20.22
May 15, 2017 SJT San Juan Basin Royalty Trust Buy $7.69
May 10, 2017 SND Smart Sand Inc Buy $12.38
May 10, 2017 PE Parsley Energy Inc Sell $32.00
May 05, 2017 TPGE/U TPG Pace Energy Holdings Corp Buy $10.14
May 05, 2017 MLPA Global X MLP ETF Sell $11.10
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  9. This portfolio uses short selling. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
  10. This portfolio uses borrowed funds or leverage to fund investments. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value. Leverage involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. Leverage increases both the amount you may lose and the amount you may make in a portfolio, leading to higher returns in the case of favorable market movements but also larger losses under adverse market conditions. You may also incur additional expenses associated with borrowing funds. You should only select a portfolio using leverage if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in using leverage.