Analysis

  • U.S. Oil And Gas Production Growth Stalls As Companies Cut Cap-Ex By 57 Per Cent Since 2014

    Dramatic shifts have taken place in the way U.S. oil and gas operators view cash flow, capital expenditures (cap-ex) and market risk — with companies closer today to being able to fund cap-ex plans with only their operating cash flow than at any point since the price downturn began.

    October 5, 2016, 8:04 AM MDT

  • M&A Being Driven By Large Public Companies Selling Assets

    In the first half of 2016 approximately $15 billion in merger and acquisition (“M&A”) activity took place in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry. Breaking this down further, $8.9 billion consisted of corporate transactions, overwhelmed by Suncor Energy Inc.’s acquisition of Canadian Oil Sands Limited for $8.3 billion, while there was $5.7 billion in asset sales completed.

    September 28, 2016, 7:50 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Rapid Rise In Iraqi Crude Oil Production Likely A Thing Of The Past

    Iraq’s crude oil production has made impressive gains to record high levels in recent years despite ongoing political dysfunction and the Islamic State controlling as much as a third of the country’s territory since the middle of 2014. But future production gains are in doubt for a combination of political and economic reasons, and Iraq could in fact see a decline in its crude oil production if ethnic and intra-ethnic rivalries were to lead to a multi-sided civil war.

    September 7, 2016, 6 AM MDT

  • Analysis: The Other Side Of The Oil Storage Story

    It may come as a surprise — especially considering the recent volatility in the price of oil — that market fundamentals have improved in the last three months. For the first time in two years, the world market is now nearly balanced, meaning that oil consumption is almost equal to production.

    August 31, 2016, 8:04 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Centrifugal Forces Endangering Nigeria’s Crude Oil Production

    Nigeria has long suffered from ethnic-related strife. Much of it has been in the Niger Delta region in the southeast of the country, home to most of its oil and gas resources. The latest bout of strife in the Delta, much like earlier ones, has caused a substantial drop in the country’s crude oil production, which is in gradual decline anyways.

    August 16, 2016, 7:29 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Total Financings At Its Lowest Level Since 2003

    A total of $6.8 billion of capital was raised by the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in the first six months of 2016, down 53 per cent from the $14.5 billion recorded over the same time period in 2015. 

    July 27, 2016, 8:22 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Venezuela’s A Powder Keg That Just Won’t Blow

    Venezuela is in political and economic crisis. President Nicolas Maduro and his fellow Chavistas continue to cling to power despite the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) securing a massive two-thirds supermajority in last December’s parliamentary elections. Economically, the country is suffering riots and lootings due to shortages of food, medicine, other basic goods and electric power.

    July 19, 2016, 6 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Global Upstream Oil & Gas M&A Reaches $25.6 Billion In Q2 2016

    Total global spend on upstream M&A deals rose an encouraging 38 per cent in the second quarter, driven by improved oil prices and market confidence, according to Evaluate Energy’s review of global upstream oil and gas M&A activity in Q2 2016, which can be downloaded now.

    July 7, 2016, 4:25 AM MDT

  • Analysis: House Of Saud A House Of Cards?

    To paraphrase the great American author and humorist Mark Twain, reports of the House of Saud’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Saudi Arabia has survived several bouts of insecurity in the past. These include the occupation of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, being tarred ‘liberal apostates’ by the Sahwa in the 1990s, and the al-Qaeda threat in the early 2000s.

    July 6, 2016, 8:24 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Why You Should Examine Debt Levels To Predict Next Oil & Gas M&A Mega Deal

    If I had to lay odds on which E&P powerhouse is going to secure the sector’s next major corporate acquisition I’d start by examining their ability to absorb substantial levels of debt while still keeping debt-to-capital ratios in balance.

    July 5, 2016, 10:28 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Collateral Damage Caused By The Alberta Energy Regulator’s Response To The RedWater Decision

    In advance of the well-publicized decision of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench regarding the matter of the disposition of the assets of insolvent RedWater Energy Corp. (“RedWater”), the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) fired a shot across the bow of oil and natural gas producers, as well as the officers and directors of such entities, by issuing Bulletin 2016-10 on April 8, 2016. The stated purpose of Bulletin 2016-10 was “to remind licensees and their directors and officers of their statutory responsibilities when ceasing operations because of insolvency or for any other reason.”

    June 29, 2016, 8:51 AM MDT

  • Analysis: The ‘New Normal’ For Crude Oil Prices Likely Another Chimera

    It is widely believed among oil analysts and market commentators that the world oil market is experiencing a ‘new normal.’ As a rule, prices for international benchmark crudes such as North Sea Brent Blend and North American West Texas Intermediate are not expected to rise above $70 to $80 per barrel.

    June 28, 2016, 6 AM MDT

  • Analysis: LLR, Bulletin 2016-16 And Implications For Industry

    Oil and gas producers are in the midst of the worst downturn in a generation. While producers are accustomed to the cyclical nature of the industry, amendments the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) made to the Licensee Liability Rating Program (LLR) in 2013 (the "2013 Amendments") have created additional challenges in this downturn for producers with limited liquidity. On June 20, 2016 the AER released Bulletin 2016-16 outlining a new policy with regards to how the AER will administer the LLR program which will have a major impact on the financial viability and strategic options of many producers. 

    June 23, 2016, 7:56 AM MDT

  • Canadian Upstream M&A Reaches C$880 Million In May 2016

    Data from CanOils’ latest M&A report shows that the total value of announced M&A deals in the Canadian E&P sector totalled C$880 million in May 2016. The report is available for download now.

    June 15, 2016, 7:49 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Trump Versus Clinton - Impact Of Their Energy Policies On The Western Canadian Oilpatch

    The proposed energy policies of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominees for the 2016 U.S. presidential race, are highly divergent and if adopted in their current forms would have significantly different impacts on the western Canadian oil and gas industry.

    June 14, 2016, 8:38 AM MDT

  • Equity Markets Continue To Fund M&A Activity

    In 2015, the total amount of capital raised in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry was $17.0 billion, with equity financings accounting for $10.5 billion, or 61% of the total. Debt financings accounted for the remaining $6.6 billion. Early in 2015, much of the equity raised was used to reduce debt with few companies tapping the equity markets in conjunction with an announced acquisition. As the year progressed the equity markets were supportive but selective in underwriting mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) activity; this trend continued into 2016.

    May 25, 2016, 7:17 AM MDT

  • Supply Costs Coming Down, Says New Canoils Report

    After a year of severe cutbacks western Canadian oil and gas supply costs are coming down, making production more competitive on a global basis, according to the just released CanOils Canadian Energy Producers Benchmarking Study.

    May 13, 2016, 7:56 AM MDT

  • Oilsands: Temporarily Down, But Not Out

    While the size of the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray is not yet fully understood, we do know that the blaze will leave a lasting scar on the community and province for many years to come.

    May 12, 2016, 7:17 AM MDT

  • Canadian Upstream M&A Tops C$1 Billion In April 2016

    In April 2016, the total monthly value of M&A deals in the Canadian E&P sector was over C$1 billion for the first time in 2016, according to analysis in CanOils’ latest monthly M&A report.

    May 10, 2016, 8:47 AM MDT

  • Trican Getting Out From Under Debt

    Like everyone else in the industry, Trican Well Service Ltd. has strived to cut costs throughout the current downturn, but it has had the added burden of reducing a heavy debt — much of it incurred because of a regrettable investment during better times.

    May 6, 2016, 8:39 AM MDT

  • Canadian Drilling Activity Market Analysis, Q1 2016: Now Available

    A detailed analysis of Canadian drilling activity in the first quarter of 2016 is now available.

    May 2, 2016, 9:01 AM MDT

  • Decline In Financings Leads To Significant Drop In The Number Of Dealers In 2015

    A total of $17.1 billion in capital was raised by the Canadian oil and natural gas industry in 2015, down 30% from the $24.6 billion raised in 2014. The decrease in total financings also led to a significant drop in the number of dealers servicing the sector. 

    April 27, 2016, 7:41 AM MDT

  • M&A Analysis: C$347 Million Of E&P Deals In Canada In March 2016

    Analysis in CanOils’ new report “Upstream Oil & Gas M&A in Canada Reaches Cdn$347 Million in March 2016” shows that while March 2016 saw the lowest monthly deal value for domestic Canadian E&P assets since mid-2015, there was a distinct increase in M&A activity involving internationally-focused Canadian companies.

    April 19, 2016, 7:35 AM MDT

  • Daily Infographic: Penn West’s Recent Asset Divestitures

    Penn West Petroleum Ltd.’s latest asset divestiture closed on April 18, 2016, and resulted in the company receiving C$148 million for its Slave Point assets in Northern Alberta. The company is also set to receive a total of $80 million for some other non-core assets; C$50 million of this total has already been received, with the balance of C$30 million to be received before the end of June when the relevant transactions are finalized.

    April 19, 2016, 8:04 AM MDT

  • Analysis: Arabia Sees Record Oil And Gas Drilling As Rest Of World Slumps

    April 14, 2016, 9:14 AM MDT