M&A at $60 - what happens next?

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Report summary

Uncertainty and corporate distress create opportunities for companies with the appetite and capacity to take advantage. Weak oil prices through 2015 (Wood Mackenzie expects Brent to average US$73.80/bbl), will ratchet up the pressure on a financially stretched sector. Expect to see falling deal valuations and the emergence of a true buyers’ market. Large scale corporate consolidation may be closer than it has been at any point since the late 1990s.

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Table of contents

  • What happened last time?
  • Emergence of a buyers’ market?
  • Corporate consolidation looms
  • The Majors are weighing up opportunistic consolidation
  • The NOCs are primed to take advantage

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  • Deal count vs. Brent forward month (US$/bbl) vs. ILTOP (US$/bbl)
  • Average Brent price required through 2015 to maintain current net debt (US$/bbl, NPV10)
  • Implied long-term Brent price in current market valuations (US$/bbl, NPV10)

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