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Is the upstream oil and gas industry on-track to generate free cash flow?

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21 April 2016

Is the upstream oil and gas industry on-track to generate free cash flow?

Report summary

The Brent price required for cash-flow neutrality continues to fall. The weighted average was US$93/bbl heading into 2015, US$75/bbl by the end of the year and US$65/bbl entering 2016. Action taken since has reduced our current estimate to just US$53/bbl; an impressive 40% lower than 18 months ago. But can companies generate free cash flow? We review the current corporate positioning, and the strategic actions taken.

Table of contents

  • Key Messages
  • Surviving the cycle
  • Capital budgets remain the key strategic lever
  • Peer-group positioning
    • Continued push for cash flow neutrality
    • Balance sheets at both ends of the spectrum will evolve

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