March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3

Features

M&A Suggests Positive Year Looms for Shale

Oil prices aside, the year ahead for shale oil plays in the U.S. appears to be bright. Andrew Dittmar, an upstream analyst at PLS, a Houston-based information and transaction advisory firm, believes we are already seeing or soon will see signs of a positive year for activity and production throughout the Permian, Bakken, Eagle Ford and SCOOP/STACK plays of the U.S. PLS recently released a 2016 review assessment and 2017 primer of the merger and acquisition activity possible throughout nearly every U.S. shale play. Compared to 2015, the M&A market increased by 117 percent in 2016. Brian Lidsky, managing director at PLS, said during the downturn in oil prices that started in 2014, the ind

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