A&D Strategies and Opportunities
September 9-10, 2015
Dallas, Texas
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Register Featured Sponsors
Tudor Pickering HoltJefferiesNetherland, Sewell & Associates (NSAI)Kayne Anderson Energy FundsUS Energy Dev. Corp.EnCap InvestmentsMeagher Energy Advisors
Raymond JamesSteptoe & JohnsonTextron AviationLantana Energy AdvisorsThe Carlyle GroupPetroleum StrategiesPorter HedgesEnergy Spectrum
Hosted By
Oil and Gas InvestorA&D Unconventional Oil & Gas Center

Conference Agenda

Thursday, September 10

7:30 am

Registration, Breakfast and Networking


8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks


8:35 am

Opening Keynote: What Is Thy Bidding?

E&Ps cut fast and deep in 2015, shaving $20 off the per barrel price to be cash flow neutral at $72. But it wasn't enough. Companies will either cut back more, or sell. The bid-ask spread remains wide but what are the signs that mid- and small-cap producers have reached their pain tolerance?


9:00 am

Panel: Cash, Check Or Shares?

Sponsored by:
NSAI

Every M&A cycle is different. In this one, stock purchases are being used, but they carry this sting of dilution. Vanguard Natural Resources, for instance, plans to buy out fellow MLP LRR Energy LP in a $540 million deal that swapped MLP units. Royal Dutch Shell's acquisition of BG Group Plc for $70 billon was a stock deal worth nearly one-fifth of the company. Which way should public buyers and private sellers go as they approach deals and what are the alternatives?

  • Murphy Markman, Managing Partner, EnCap Investments
  • Dennis Cassidy, Managing Director, AlixPartners

9:40 am

Foreign Investment: Out Of Hiding?

Companies such as Breitburn Energy Partners have benefited from $1 billion in 2015, about 40% of it from overseas investors. International buyers or JV players seem to be getting interested again, and this time they can buy in at a better price point than during the shale frenzy. But what will cause them to pull the trigger? What are they looking for now?


10:00 am

Networking Break


10:45 am

Panel: The Guns Of Equity

In a matter of weeks, E&Ps have raised $8 billion, giving many companies a lifeline that has staved off divestitures. But equity is also pumping up big MLPs such as LinnCo, which has $1 billion in firepower from private equity firm Quantum Energy Partners. What's a company to do with so much cheap money?


11:35 am

Spotlight: Play By Play – Acquisition Metrics Across The U.S.

A noted executive dissects the health of the nation's resource plays. Which are growing, which are reaching maturity and where are the opportunities?

  • Charles Dewhurst, International Liaison Partner and Global Head Natural Resources, BDO USA LLP

12:00 pm

Networking Luncheon


1:00 pm

Deal Spotlight

This unique deal brought advantages to both buyer and seller.


1:25 pm

Panel: Cash Equivalents

For companies in need of a shot of liquidity (or to make a transaction), is a dilutive transaction always the best solution? For small firms looking to expand (or merely survive), how is reserve-based lending changed from 2014? Many companies have also taken to refining debt through loans – what are fair terms and where are they heading?


2:10 pm

Panel: Good Deal Hunting

A recent study by a leading financial firm suggests a huge inventory of assets could go on the market – with 340 potential deals worth over $300 billion. While oil has been in a rut for months, if commodity prices begin a creep back toward the $70s, when should buyers shoot for deals instead steals?

  • John England, Vice Chairman, U.S. Oil & Gas Leader, Deloitte

2:45 pm

Networking Break


3:15 pm

Roundtable Discussion: Big Deal Or Big Money?

Sponsored by:
NSAI

Every would-be buyer with cash – EOG, Oxy, Anadarko, Apache, Hess – is ready for a deal if the opportunity presents itself. What has the Shell-BG deal wrought and will patient buyers wait for small, noncore or distressed assets or take the plunge on something larger?


4:00 pm

Caution, A&D Ahead!

To paraphrase Walt Whitman, every CEO seems to be a noiseless, patient buyer. An industry leader talks about what a CEO keeps in the deal-making playbook in a downcycle and how deals from 2014 are still resonating in the market today.


4:30 pm

Conference Adjourns

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