A Tale of Two Permian’s While much of the press is focused on “the Permian,” current activity in the Permian is focused on two different sub basins: the Delaware Basin to the West and the Midland Basin to the East.  While there is a Central Basin Platform in between, most of the current activity is…

Maximizing Value Throughout the Business Life Cycle Most business owners think about valuing their business and how to get the best deal when it’s time to sell.   While some owners consider their company’s value from inception, too frequently owners give no consideration to value creation until much later, often when it’s too late to affect…

U.S. Economic Report – December 31, 2018 During the third quarter of 2018, the U.S. economy grew at 3.4% over the prior quarter.  Despite recent turmoil in equities markets, economic indicators point toward continued economic growth. Overview of the U.S. Economy According to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the…

Satellite Imagery in the Permian The December 2018 issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology (the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ monthly magazine) had a very interesting piece on the use of satellites to track activity in the Permian basin.1 Companies such as Sourcewater, Planet, and Westwood Global Energy Group are stepping up to monitor the…

Is it Time to Change the Name of the Most Valuable Player Award? Is the Most Valuable Player really that?  Or, is he the Best Player?  Or, is that the same thing?  The answer might not be as obvious as you think. Consider the NFL as one of the better proxies for analysis, in part…

Decomposing Oil Prices The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Research & Statistics Group publishes a weekly Oil Price Dynamics Report1 which provides some interesting insights into global oil price movements. The chart below shows the relationship between supply and demand on a cumulative basis for the last half of 2018.  Given this analysis considers…

Lions, Bears and Ducks, Oh My!1 Well there are no lions, but Bear Markets and Drilled Uncompleted wells (“DUC wells” pronounced “Ducks”) in the Permian are moving oil prices this month.  Bear Markets for Oil Prices: WTI and Brent Oil prices are in Bear Market territory this month, having had a 2 standard deviation downward…

The Relationship Between S&P 500 Returns, Earnings Growth, P/E Expansion, and Interest Rates The S&P 500 increased from 2,789.80 on January 1, 2018 to 2,924.59 on October 1, 2018, a year-to-date return of 4.83%. As shown in the graph below, this return was fueled by a solid increase in earnings of 9.20% but was partially…

The Renaissance Board How to Boost Shareholder Value through Board Mix Corporate selection of independent board directors has historically followed broad economic and social trends.  First came the celebrity board director – CEOs, politicians, and even media stars – who helped increase brand awareness.  Then, following Sarbanes-Oxley, came the rise of the audit focused board…

Oil Prices: Supply, Demand and the S&P 500 It is common knowledge that oil is a commodity, with what economists describe as “elastic pricing” set by the markets.  The following supply and demand factors consistently move oil (and natural gas) prices and are the focus of Wall Street analysts and academics, both in the long…

U.S. Economic Report – September 30, 2018 During the second quarter of 2018, the U.S. economy grew at a feverish 4.2% over the prior quarter.  Economic indicators point toward continued economic growth. Overview of the U.S. Economy According to the third estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the U.S. economy grew in…

Permian Activity Flattening / Growth is Moderating Given Pipeline Constraints Although the Permian rig count has continued to climb to over 500 drilling rigs running, new well completions in the play have flattened out month over month as in-basin transportation constraints begin to materialize.1   As shown in a recent EIA report graphics below, the…

Oil Price Forecasts Diverge According to a recent Credit Suisse analyst report,1 the investment bank forecasts longer term oil and gas prices at $65.00 per barrel, approximately $9.00 above the Nymex Futures strip pricing and the Bloomberg Consensus forecast.  All three of the forecasts, however, show that the markets expect oil prices to remain in…

Geopolitics and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve On May 8, 2018, The Trump administration declared that the United States was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal) that lifted economic sanctions upon Iran, most notably restriction on Iran’s oil imported to the US.1  Furthermore, the U.S. threatened to put pressure on…

Diesel and Gasoline Price Spreads Higher This Summer Since January 2017, diesel prices have exceeded regular gasoline prices, but to varying degrees. Demand for gasoline tends to increase in the spring and summer while diesel demand (and the similar hydrocarbon product heating oil) is typically higher in the fall and winter. However, there has been…

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