Analysis

  • How Big Were Canadian Upstream Spending Cuts In 2015?

    In light of the commodity price downturn that began in 2014, almost every oil and gas company in Canada cut spending in 2015, with focus quickly switching from large scale development of properties to eliminating non-critical expenditures and merely sustaining production as much as possible to survive in the low price environment. But just how big were these cuts?

    March 17, 2016, 8:29 AM MDT

  • Loose Ends Energy Inc.: A Terrible Waste Of Talent

    Rachel Notley, Justin Trudeau and their respective caucuses should know something about Canada’s newest energy company.

    March 17, 2016, 10:51 AM MDT

  • Near-Record Cash ‘Comfort’ For Canada Oil Firms Amid Price Rout

    March 15, 2016, 8:46 AM MDT

  • Jim Gray: “The World Will Not Wait For Canada”

    The following is a copy of Jim Gray’s speech to the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) awards held on March 10.

    March 11, 2016, 9:35 AM MST

  • Sponsored Content — Managing Aboriginal Risks For Resource Projects In Canada

    Aboriginal issues are one of the most common sources of regulatory delay and uncertainty for new natural resource development projects in Canada, and are often the reason that regulatory approvals are quashed. It is therefore critical that proponents of natural resource development projects understand the legal requirements and risks associated with Aboriginal and treaty rights and related consultation, and develop strategies to manage these risks.

    March 1, 2016, 8:09 AM MST

  • Why Oil Respect Might Just Work

    Picture this: a stone tossed into a pond.

    February 22, 2016, 7:55 AM MST

  • Sponsored Content — Renewable Energy And Climate Change: Canada’s New Frontier

    Climate change presents environmental, political, social and economic challenges worldwide. As the pressure mounts for global leaders to take action to meet the commitments they made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, Canada’s provincial governments are adopting policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the absence of a national climate change strategy.

    February 16, 2016, 6 AM MST

  • Upstream M&A In Canada Declines At Beginning Of 2016

    Analysis in CanOils’ newest report “Upstream M&A in Canada Falls Away at Beginning of 2016” shows that the Canadian oil and gas upstream sector only saw C$1.7 billion worth of M&A transactions in December 2015 and January 2016 combined. While this value is low, the two months did see their fair share of intriguing and significant deals, all of which are covered in detail in the report. The report is available for download now.

    February 10, 2016, 9:03 AM MST

  • Industry Associations Face Uncertain Future

    As our industry contorts and convulses, the dimensions of its various upheavals manifest in different narratives. Many such narratives overwhelm and subsume others — and often rightly so.

    December 14, 2015, 7:49 AM MST

  • How The World Learned Its Lesson And Got A Climate Deal

    December 14, 2015, 10:41 AM MST

  • Analysis: Stein's Law Says Oil Prices Will Rise

    November 24, 2015, 8:34 AM MST

  • Shrinking Q3 Revenue And Margins Illustrate Severity Of Downturn

    It was a jungle out there for the Canadian oilfield services (OFS) industry in the third quarter of the current fiscal year ended September 30, 2015. For a group of 25 diversified, publicly traded Canadian OFS companies, combined revenue declined 38.5 per cent from $6.6 billion in 2014 to only $4.0 billion this year.

    November 19, 2015, 10:32 AM MST

  • Canadian Oil & Gas Companies Struggle In Q3 2015

    Canadian oil and gas companies have recorded major losses as a group for the three-month period ending Sept. 30, 2015, according to new analysis of quarterly data by CanOils. Low commodity prices have continued to have a huge impact on income statements for oil and gas companies since the end of 2014, with margins being squeezed and huge impairments being recorded across the board. This analysis from CanOils shows that Canadian companies are feeling the same effects as their counterparts across the border in the U.S., whose earnings were analyzed recently using Evaluate Energy data.

    November 16, 2015, 8:08 AM MST

  • Canadian Oil & Gas Land Analysis With CanOils Assets

    CanOils is delighted to announce the latest upgrade to its wells and land database, CanOils Assets, which enhances the analysis which can be performed on land data alongside the existing well data.

    November 11, 2015, 9:35 AM MST

  • Analysis: Keystone’s Death Bolsters ‘Keep Carbon In The Ground’ Camp

    November 11, 2015, 8:57 AM MST

  • Canadian Oil & Gas Upstream M&A Activity Heats Up In October 2015

    November 10, 2015, 9:28 AM MST

  • U.S. Oil & Gas Company Earnings Take A Huge Hit In Q3 2015

    Since commodity prices began to drastically fall in Q4 2014, U.S. oil and gas companies in the upstream sector have seen their respective net incomes drop significantly. Operating margins have been tightly squeezed and assets have suffered major impairments. The low price environment has endured throughout 2015 and, as a result, Q3 2015 earnings for U.S. companies are the lowest since prices began to fall in Q4 2014.

    November 6, 2015, 9:59 AM MST

  • Drilling Contractor Q3 Market Share Analysis Report

    The DOB’s sister product, Rig Locator, released this morning the Q3 2015 drilling contractor market share rankings, which also included information on drilled wells depths and types, and producer activity rankings for western Canadian PSAC regions.

    October 21, 2015, 11:12 AM MDT

  • Oilsands Down But Never Out

    October 14, 2015, 10:53 AM MDT

  • Canadian Upstream Oil & Gas M&A Rebounds In September

    Analysis in CanOils’ new report “Upstream M&A Value in Canada Rebounds in September 2015” shows that September was the biggest month for Canadian M&A activity since May, if the three deals announced in 2015 with a value of over C$1 billion are excluded. 

    October 14, 2015, 9:18 AM MDT

  • Q3 2015 Oil & Gas M&A Slides To $18.2 Billion

    October 8, 2015, 10:09 AM MDT

  • Oil Production In Manitoba And The Major Producing Formations

    In terms of western Canadian provinces, oil production in Manitoba is undoubtedly a much smaller case study than production in Alberta, British Columbia or neighbouring Saskatchewan. All of the province’s active wells as of August 31, 2015, are located in a small triangle of acreage located deep in Manitoba’s southwest corner on the border with Saskatchewan to the west and the United States to the south.

    October 5, 2015, 10:55 AM MDT

  • LMR: Has The Baby Been Thrown Out With The Bath Water?

    In April, Sayer penned an article for the Daily Oil Bulletin titled “The Impact of Changes to the AER’s LMR System on M&A Activity” (DOB, April 29, 2015). To follow up that article, today we will look at the collateral financial damage that may have occurred to the public treasury as a result of the changes.

    September 30, 2015, 7:36 AM MDT

  • Company Spotlight: Kelt Exploration Builds Solid Asset Base

    In October 2012, Kelt Exploration Ltd. was formed in a spin-off after ExxonMobil acquired Celtic Exploration Ltd. Its growth in production since that time has been impressive. The operational base is now very robust, but Q2 2015 results do highlight an increase in operational expenses caused by the growth strategy based around acquisitions employed by Kelt since the start of 2014.

    September 18, 2015, 7:43 AM MDT

  • Reality Hits Home For An Industry Carrying Too Much Debt

    That’s the Coles Notes from a senior banker describing the book of oil service loans he manages for one of Alberta’s leading lenders. There’s simply not enough cash flow to support current levels of debt. 

    September 16, 2015, 9:37 AM MDT