Energy Valuation Insights

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Energy Valuation Insights


Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford M&A

Transaction Activity Picks Over the Past 4 Quarters

Deal activity in the Eagle Ford has increased over the past 12 months, with 13 deals closed compared to 10 that closed in the prior year. What is fueling Eagle Ford’s M&A momentum? We discuss these factors in this week’s post.

Special Topics

Themes from Q4 2022 Earnings Calls

Part 2: Oilfield Service Companies

This week we focus on the key takeaways from oilfield service operators’ Q4 2022 earnings call. Common themes include capital investment planning, supply and workforce constraints, and dipping commodity prices.

Special Topics

Themes from Q4 2022 Earnings Calls

Part 1: Upstream

This week we focus on the key takeaways from the Upstream Q4 2022 earnings calls, which include buyback and distribution policies, organic growth opportunities, and an outlook for the rest of 2023.

Special Topics Valuation Issues

Understanding Oilfield Services Companies & How to Value Them

Understanding the value of an oilfield services (OFS) company is by its very nature, a complex matter. The unpredictable cyclicality of the oilfield services industry requires careful consideration of many industry-wide and company-specific factors in developing a reasonable forecast of future operating results. In our blog this week we feature a whitepaper that provides invaluable guidance in regard to these aspects of the OFS industry.

Special Topics Valuation Issues

Are You Ready for the Next Recession?

What 2023 Might Have in Store

As we have now put a bow on 2022 and have turned our attention to 2023, we suspect that the dreaded “R word” is on the mind of many of our readers as they contemplate the myriad challenges and obstacles their businesses will face in 2023. Now is the time to think critically about how your business is positioned for a potential economic slowdown. This post offers a few practical steps business owners, directors, and their advisors can take to ensure their business continues to thrive.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

Value Focus | Exploration & Production

Fourth Quarter 2022 | Region Focus: Appalachian Basin

In this quarter’s newsletter, we focus on the Appalachian. Notable topics include Russia-Ukraine War’s effect on the demand for LNG exports to Europe in the face of winter, tight valuations between major operators, flat production levels in the region despite a high commodity price environment, as well as increased M&A activity in 2022 highlighted by Sitio Royalties and Brigham Minerals merger — creating the largest public minerals owner.

Special Topics

All in the Family Limited Partnership

In this week’s post, we share a recent piece from our Family Business Director blog on the topic of Family Limited Partnerships. While the post speaks directly to family-owned businesses, the content is applicable to many because the individual estate tax exemption reverts to $6 million in 2026 from its current level of $12 million. As a result, many estates are beginning to plan now.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

Appalachian Production Holds True Despite Market Disruptions

The economics of Oil & Gas production vary by region.  Mercer Capital focuses on trends in the Eagle Ford, Permian, Bakken, and Marcellus and Utica plays.  The cost of producing oil and gas depends on the geological makeup of the reserve, depth of reserve, and cost to transport the raw crude to market.  We can observe different costs in different regions depending on these factors.  This quarter we take a closer look at the Marcellus and Utica shales.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures

M&A in Marcellus & Utica Basins

Shareholder Value Creation Abounds; ESG Interest Waning

M&A transaction activity in the Marcellus & Utica shales increased in 2022 relative to 2021, with large industry players motivated by free cash flow growth and creating shareholder value and less motivated by championing the ESG cause. In this week’s post, we examine the two largest transactions that occurred in but were not limited to the Marcellus and Utica shales in 2022.

Special Topics

Themes from Q3 2022 Earnings Calls

Part 2: Oilfield Service Companies

In part 2 of this Q3 earnings calls series, we focus on key takeaways from Oilfield Service Companies such as the expanding role of international business segments, long-term sustainable growth, and E&P production growth plans.

Special Topics

Themes from Q3 2022 Earnings Calls

Part 1: Upstream

This week, we focus on the key takeaways from the Q3 2022 Upstream earnings calls including the continued focus on share buybacks, moderate production growth, and how inflation is limiting that growth.

Mineral and Royalty Rights

Mineral Aggregator Valuation Multiples Study Released

With Market Data as of November 14, 2022

Mercer Capital has its finger on the pulse of the minerals market.  An important trend has been the rise of mineral aggregators, which have largely supplanted the trusts as the primary method of publicly traded minerals ownership.

In this updated Study, Mercer Capital has thoughtfully analyzed the corporate and capital structures of the publicly traded mineral aggregators to derive meaningful indications of enterprise value.  We have also calculated valuation multiples based on a variety of metrics, including distributions and reserves, as well as earnings and production on both a historical and forward-looking basis.

Special Topics

Takeaways from Two Recent Energy Events in Dallas

Strong Industry Fundamentals, Capital Markets Showing Signs of Resurgence, and Energy Security

In the past week, several energy-related gatherings have been held in the Dallas area. We attended two of them: the D-CEO Energy Awards and Hart Energy’s Energy Capital Conference. We had numerous discussions with company representatives, dealmakers, and service providers.  The marketplace appears excited about the potential for the upcoming year amid challenges. At both events, several industry themes were evident including: the energy industry has strong fundamentals, capital markets are showing signs of a resurgence in needed capital, and energy security is returning to the lexicon.

Special Topics

Now Available: Mercer Capital’s 2022 Energy Purchase Price Allocation Study

Mercer Capital is pleased to announce the release of the “2022 Energy Purchase Price Allocation Study.” This study provides a detailed analysis and overview of valuation and accounting trends in different subsectors of the energy space for the 2021 calendar year. This study researches and observes publicly available purchase price allocation data for four sub-sectors of the energy industry: (i) exploration & production; (ii) oilfield services; (iii) midstream; and (iv) refiners and marketers. 

This study is unlike any other in terms of energy industry specificity and depth. The study provides a detailed analysis and overview of valuation and accounting trends in each sub-sector. This study also enables key users and preparers of financial statements to better understand the asset mix, valuation methods, and useful life trends in the energy space as they pertain to business combinations under ASC 805 and GAAP fair value standards under ASC 820. We utilized transactions that closed and reported their purchase allocation data in calendar year 2021.

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How Waves Of Reality Are Swelling Upstream Returns

Upstream and oilfield service companies have bucked investment trends most of this year. While other industries have had stagnant to negative returns, the oil patch has outperformed them all. Several realities have come to the forefront to build this wave: world, production, and capital realities.

Bakken Shale

Bakken Regains Its Footing

The economics of Oil & Gas production vary by region. Mercer Capital focuses on trends in the Eagle Ford, Permian, Bakken, and Marcellus and Utica plays. The cost of producing oil and gas depends on the geological makeup of the reserve, depth of reserve, and cost to transport the raw crude to market. We can observe different costs in different regions depending on these factors. This quarter we take a closer look at the Bakken.

Oil & Gas

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