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The fear is lifting: global upstream M&A in 2017

The fear is lifting: global upstream M&A in 2017

Report summary

In this Insight: 

We lay out our expectations for upstream M&A in 2017, giving particular focus to the implications of a recovering oil price scenario.

We summarise the upturn in M&A activity in 2016, which was split along geographical lines.

Also look out for our M&A review of 2016, coming soon.

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This Upstream Oil and Gas Insight report highlights the key issues surrounding this topic, and draws out the key implications for those involved.

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  • 2016 – a quick look back
  • 2017 – things to look for
    • US deal activity will broaden out beyond the Permian
    • Rest of the world activity will pick up from a low base
    • Private Equity to make its mark
    • Downward valuation trend to halt
      • Implied Long-Term Oil Price – simple average by year
    • Decarbonisation / demand destruction remains a limited driver of M&A

In this report there are 3 tables or charts, including:

  • 2016 – a quick look back
    • North American deal count and spend*
    • Rest of the world deal count and spend*
  • 2017 – things to look for
    • The fear is lifting: global upstream M&A in 2017: Image 3
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