OGFJ: Energy M&A Outlook for 2016

If you are looking for data and analysis about mergers & acquisitions in the energy sector, you may want to start with the January edition of Oil & Gas Financial Journal. This edition of OGFJ has three articles addressing the outlook for mergers and acquisitions in energy.

Eric Swanson and Bryan Frederickson of Gulfstar Group analyze the trends and uncertainty in the energy sector as related to possible deal activity in their article “Energy Outlook 2016.”

OGFJ editor Mikaila Adams addresses the question “Could M&A ramp-up refuel oversupply concerns?  Adams explains that companies struggling with low commodity prices may become more likely to sell assets. She writes “Oil price volatility challenged the M&A space in 2015, but deal activity is expected to pick up in 2016. Almost 90% of oil and gas executives surveyed the October 2015 release of EY’s Capital Confidence Barometer said they expect the oil and gas deal market to improve over the next 12 months.”

In her article above, Adams comments that is likely that inexperienced energy investors will delve into energy deals due to the low asset values. Perhaps it is fitting then that Eugene M. Khartukov provides a “Primer for Energy Executives on Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions.” This introduction to M&A is a good starting point for new entrants to the energy deal market.  In upcoming blog posts, we will add additional analysis and tips about mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and deal structures, both in energy and other sectors.


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