How fluctuating oil prices drive mergers in the oil and gas industry
Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 6:49 pm
In a report published by Bloomberg Business late last month, Danish business conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S is eyeing for acquisitions in the North Sea to expand reserves, given that mergers and acquisitions are more cost-efficient nowadays than exploration.
Fluctuating oil prices is the primary reason why oil and natural gas players see takeovers as a better option than expensive explorations. Among the first to bulk up in the U.S. are Houston-based Noble Energy and Rosetta Resources in a buyout worth $2.1 billion. At the start of this year, Hillcrest Resources Ltd. has announced its purchase of Texas-based Gulfsands Petroleum USA. Late last year, Encana Corp. has announced its intent to purchase Athlon Energy in a multi-billion dollar deal.
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