Monday, October 24, 2011
With the latest flurry of E&P deals (Statoil-Brigham, Kinder Morgan’s impending sale of El Paso E&P)—and still more to come—what might be the impacts of M&A action would be to unconventional drilling? The Unconventional Drilling Report compared rig counts pre- and post-deals for other recent E&P deals focused primarily on unconventional plays and concluded: Not much. ExxonMobil’s U.S. land rig count has scarcely budged since it acquired XTO, averaging 68 vs. their pre-acquisition tallies of 7 and 64, respectively. Post-acquisition Chevron has averaged 20 rigs since closing on Atlas vs. their respective pre-deal averages of 8 and 7. BHP has averaged 25 after closing on Petrohawk vs. pre-deal average tallies of 2 and 18, respectively. The biggest post-deal traction for bolstering rig counts has come not from outright acquisitions but from joint venture deals, namely Chesapeake’s, whose rig count jumped from a pre-JV 120 to an average 140 since the last JV closed (and recently peaked at 154). It will climb still further after an imminent JV closes on Chesapeake’s Utica Shale acreage.
The Unconventional Drilling Report
Category: U.S. Land Industry Review
El Paso E&P