Energy Valuation Insights

A weekly update on issues important to the oil and gas industry


Out of the File Cabinet: The Ideal Time to Review Your Buy-Sell Agreement

This week we take a break from discussing the Permian Basin to feature a topic that touches most of our readers – buy-sell agreements. Almost every privately owned company with multiple shareholders has a buy-sell agreement (or other agreement that acts as a buy-sell agreement).

Growing Pains Curb Valuation Gains in the Permian: 2Q18 Review

The story of the Permian Basin in 2018 so far has been developing as one of the finest proverbial “fishing holes” in the world.  However, as the year has progressed, it appears many industry players have found their reputed “catch” too big to process and are scrambling to deal with it before it begins to stink.

Translation: the year began with a flurry of developmental drilling activity followed by an emerging bottleneck.  The unintended consequence of this has been that some operators have been growing oil production too fast for pipeline and infrastructure to keep up.  A pricing differential has arisen due to the supply glut and there has been concurrent stagnation in valuations.  In this post, we discuss how some of it has transpired through the timeline of the first half of 2018.

Take What You Can and Get Out

When oil prices crashed in mid-2014, companies were forced to become more efficient in order to survive. It became clear that location meant more than ever and companies could no longer justify operating in regions such as the Bakken and the Eagle Ford, where break-even prices were higher than they were in the Permian.  Thus in order to stay in business, companies flocked to the Permian.  This week, we look at how the increased appeal of the Permian Basin has affected M&A activity in the oil and gas sector.

Piping Hot Permian

Production in the Permian is as hot as the summers in West Texas. Despite being discovered in the 1920s, it was not until 2007 that the region’s true potential was realized when hydraulic fracturing techniques were used to access the play’s tight sand layers. Given its low-cost economics and large well potential, in recent years, the Permian has been in the limelight with operators and investors alike prioritizing the region.

In this post, we discuss the increase of rig counts and production in the region, along with valuation implications for companies operating in the Permian.

Minerals Workshop at the DUG Permian Basin Conference: 3 Things All Mineral Owners Should Know

On May 21, Mercer Capital attended the Minerals Workshop at the DUG Permian Basin Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The agenda included five presentations and eleven speakers, including royalty brokers, royalty aggregators, and royalty managers. We learned about changes in the royalty market, mineral investor required returns, private equity strategies and due diligence musts for buyers. In light of the information, three themes emerged that mineral owners should know about the royalty market.

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