Ben Rye, Sayer Energy Advisors

Ben Rye, P.Geo., is vice-president at Sayer Energy Advisors. Rye was previously manager, geology and business development at the company. He joined Sayer in the fall of 2012 after obtaining a B.Sc. in geology from the University of Saskatchewan. While pursuing his degree, Ben gained technical experience in geology through his involvement in several conventional and heavy oil resource plays for exploration & development companies. His main roles at Sayer include business development, technical and financial duties.

  • Junior E&P Companies Using Unconventional Debt To Finance Acquisitions

    Over the last year we have seen a number oil and natural gas companies, both privately-held and publicly-traded, enter into more unconventional debt structures which provide the capital required for the acquisition of oil and natural gas assets and companies.

    June 29, 2022, 6 AM MDT

  • M&A Value Falls Slightly Year-Over-Year

    The total enterprise value of merger and acquisition (“M&A”) transactions in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry, dropped 9 per cent in 2021 to $18.1 billion from $19.9 billion 2020. 

    March 30, 2022, 8:30 AM MDT

  • Assets For Sale Value Up 60 Per Cent Year-Over-Year

    The amount of Canadian oil and natural gas assets publicly available for sale is up roughly 60 per cent from this time last year. Currently, there is approximately $1.6 billion in Canadian oil and natural gas properties and companies up for sale.

    November 24, 2021, 6 AM MST

  • Private Entities Monetizing For Public Company Paper

    A trend that we have witnessed during the recent wave of consolidation in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry is a significant number of privately-held oil and natural gas companies achieving liquidity by selling to publicly-traded companies for shares.

    June 30, 2021, 6:57 AM MDT

  • Revisiting The Consolidation Question In 2021

    In an April 2020 article written by Sayer Energy Advisors the question was posed: “Will We See an Increase in Consolidation in 2020?” Although it would have been impossible to know the full implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, our predictions at that time did take into consideration the fact that there would be some consolidation spurred on by the pandemic.

    April 28, 2021, 6 AM MDT

  • Total Oil & Natural Gas Financings More Than Double In 2020

    The total amount of capital raised in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in 2020 more than doubled from the previous year. In 2020, there was a total of $10.9 billion in capital raised, compared to $5.4 billion in 2019.

    February 24, 2021, 8:19 AM MST

  • Assets For Sale Value Down 75% Year Over Year

    The amount of Canadian oil and natural gas assets publicly available for sale is down roughly 75 per cent from this time last year.

    November 25, 2020, 6:44 AM MST

  • Will We See An Increase In Consolidation In 2020?

    In an article penned by Sayer Energy Advisors in April of 2018 we posed the question; “Will Increased Strategic Alternatives Processes Kick-Start Consolidation?”.

    April 29, 2020, 7:20 AM MDT

  • Sayer’s Outlook For 2020 M&A Activity

    Sayer Energy Advisors’ annual outlook and forecast of forthcoming mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) activity in the oil and natural gas industry will outline our predictions for 2020.

    January 29, 2020, 6 AM MST

  • Are Share Buy-Backs Impeding M&A Activity?

    There has been a recent wave of announcements made by publicly-traded oil and natural gas companies related to share buy-backs. This is unusual, in that until recently, buying back stock has not been a significant use of capital in the Canadian energy industry.

    September 25, 2019, 9:53 AM MDT

  • Total Financings Down Year-Over-Year

    A total of $2.7 billion in capital was raised by the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in the first six months of 2019, down 18 per cent from the $3.3 billion recorded over the same time period in 2018.

    July 31, 2019, 6 AM MDT

  • 2018 A Weak Year For M&A

    The total enterprise value of merger and acquisition (“M&A”) transactions in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in 2018 dropped 73 per cent  year-over-year, plummeting to $11.9 billion.

    March 27, 2019, 6 AM MDT

  • 2018 Showing An Increase In Corporate Transactions

    There has recently been an increase in the number of large corporate transactions (valued at greater than $5.0 million) in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry.

    September 26, 2018, 7:53 AM MDT

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