Energy Valuation Insights

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

Domestic Production Haynesville Shale

Initiating Coverage of the Haynesville Shale

In 2023, the Haynesville shale, a significant natural gas source in the U.S., experienced a downturn in drilling activity due to low natural gas prices (70% price drop from August 2022). This decline also affected rig counts and day rates, with a notable decrease in both. Despite the market volatility, some M&A activity occurred, including WhiteHawk Energy’s acquisition of mineral interests. Rumored activity included Chevron’s potential sale of its Haynesville assets, indicating a continued interest in this region’s natural gas potential.

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Remembering Charlie Munger

His Investment Wisdom and Legacy

In this week’s post, we honor the late Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman by delving into his insightful quotes. Our colleague Brooks Hamner discusses Mungerisms like the pitfalls of flashy investment strategies and the skepticism around cryptocurrency, to the critique of over-diversification and reliance on traditional financial metrics like EBITDA. When it comes to investing in any industry or business, no one had more unique ideas than Charlie Munger.

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Themes from Q3 Earnings Calls

Part 2: Oilfield Service (“OFS”) Companies

Key themes we saw in Q3 earnings calls for oilfield service (“OFS”) companies were a rebound in activity, increased M&A in the space, and a focus on capital returns. Operators agree on a positive outlook for 2024, driven by factors like healthy commodity prices and global demand. As the industry evolves and OFS operators continue to make strategic shifts, we’ll keep you updated on future changes.

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Themes from Q3 Earnings Calls

Part 1: Upstream

This week, we look at earnings calls in the upstream sector for Q3 2023. The past quarter saw significant M&A activity, like Exxon Mobil’s acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources, which emphasizes efficiency and inventory expansion. As domestic operators are increasing production to meet demand, the industry expects a favorable environment going into 2024.

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D CEO’s 2023 Energy Awards

Mercer Capital recently attended D CEO’s 2023 Energy Awards, an event that recognizes significant contributions to the energy sector in the Dallas Fort Worth area, including both traditional and renewable energy achievements. The ceremony highlighted the importance of integrating sustainable energy practices, exemplified by Lee Graves’s award for Renewable Energy Executive of the Year, and celebrated major industry milestones like Exxon’s acquisition of Denbury. In a blend of personal and professional narratives, the prestigious Legacy Award was presented to Kelcey Warren of Energy Transfer Partners, featuring discussions of his career and philanthropic impact on the city, notably Klyde Warren Park.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

Just Released | 3Q23 Exploration & Production Newsletter

Third Quarter 2023 | Regional Focus: Appalachian Basin

In this quarter’s newsletter, we report that Appalachian production fared well over the last year, particularly considering the sharp decline in the Henry Hub price. Despite the Henry Hub decline, the Appalachian rig count decline was less than that of two of the three oil-rich basins presented, largely due to Appalachia’s higher production declines, which require a higher rig count to maintain production levels.

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Now Available: Mercer Capital’s 2023 Energy Purchase Price Allocation Study

Mercer Capital is pleased to announce the release of the “2023 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 2022 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. It 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 2022.

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