Out of the starting blocks
Take a deeper look into how an improved price, business, and credit environment will impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in oil and gas (O&G)—and your business—in 2017. Read Deloitte’s Oil & Gas Mergers and Acquisitions 2016 year-end report to get a head start in factoring these trends into your plans.
What’s ahead for M&A in oil and gas?
If oil price is one big driver of M&A in oil and gas, we’ve seen that credit availability is likely another. Several factors point to an improved credit environment in 2017, especially for O&G companies that are investment grade and have unused credit lines and debt maturities after 2020.
Factors such as:
An environment of oil price stability and measured recovery is likely to revive O&G M&A activity in 2017. To assess what lies ahead in 2017, it is important to gain a deeper understanding of the events of 2016. Download the report to take a deeper look.
Oil & gas mergers and acquisitions report – Year-end 2016 Download the report
Looking back at 2016: M&A in oil and gas
2016 was a roller coaster year in the oil and gas industry. Oil prices dropped to a 13-year low of $26 per barrel, upstream capital expenditure (CAPEX) fell for the second consecutive year, O&G bankruptcies exceeded 2008-2009 Great Recession levels, and, most recently, OPEC finally agreed to reduce its 2017 production by about 1.2 million barrels per day. However, weak fundamentals failed to dampen O&G M&A in 2016—both deal count and deal value were higher than 2015 levels and the industry witnessed significant mega-deals and sectoral swings:
Although upstream transactions did not include any major mega-deals, the overall number of upstream transactions increased in the second half of 2016, as oil and natural gas prices edged up, inducing buyers to show a stronger appetite for riskier underdeveloped or non-producing assets.
2016 turned out to be far better than many expected. It seems that M&A in oil and gas has passed its low point of 2015. With oil prices stabilizing above $50 per barrel, improving credit availability and demand prospects, and expectations of markets balancing earlier than expected due to OPEC/non-OPEC cuts, a continued recovery in M&A activity is expected as the coming year progresses. That said, 2017 M&A trends are likely to differ by sector and geographic locations. Where upstream takes a lead, OFS responds with a lag, US midstream remains steady with more mid-sized deals, and downstream sees moderate activity led by cross-country deals.
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