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Shale Gas & Oil Investment Drive Q2 2011 M&A

by Kenneth E. DuBose on August 15, 2011

Money is still poring into the shale plays:

Ongoing interest in shale acreage, deals for midstream assets and increased investments from foreign buyers in the US oil and gas industry helped drive US oil and gas mergers and acquisitions (M&A) value to $39 billion in the second quarter of 2011, according to PwC US.

In the second quarter of 2011, there were 51 deals with values greater than $50 million, compared to 61 announced deals totaling $41 billion in the same period last year. While the volume and value of transactions dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period last year, average deal value for deals over $50 million jumped to $765 million in the second quarter 2011, a 14 percent increase over the same period last year when average deal value was $672 million.

Foreign buyers announced 18 deals valued at over $50 million or more in the second quarter of 2011, which contributed $36.2 billion or 72 percent of total deal value, versus 27 deals valued at $24.2 billion in the same period last year.

For deals valued at over $50 million, there were 11 midstream deals that accounted for $19.9 billion, or 51 percent of total deal value, compared to six deals worth $3.4 billion in the same period last year. Transactions in the upstream space led all oil and gas subsectors with 26 deals, or 51 percent of volume in the second quarter.

According to PwC, seven of the top 10 deals by value in the second quarter of 2011 were related to shale plays, including four upstream deals and three transactions in the midstream and oil field services space. For all deals greater than $50 million, there were 10 shale-related transactions totaling $7.5 billion, or 19 percent of total deal value, including two deals involving the Marcellus Shale totaling $2.3 billion.

Read the entire news release at pwc.com

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