Surging Ahead: Energy M&A in 2017

08 June 2017

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North America’s energy sector is witnessing increased interest from private equity firms, a decline in foreign buyers, and an IPO market in the midst of a rebound.
 
PE energy buyouts doubled in 2016 from 36 to 78 deals, while values tripled from US$7bn to US$24.8bn year-over-year. For 2017, volume may be down but deal value is on track to match last year’s total. Meanwhile, initial public offerings are on the rebound with six energy IPOs in the first five months of the year compared to a total of five debuts throughout the whole of 2016. And although interest from foreign buyers for North American energy assets has declined over the past five years, Canada remains the top target for inbound activity.
 
To understand the opportunities and challenges in North America’s energy sector, Firmex commissioned Mergermarket to interview four market practitioners for their expert insights.
 
Points of discussion include:
 
  • Which regions are ripe for energy dealmaking at the moment?
  • What are the current drivers for foreign buyers?
  • Will energy IPO activity rise or decline in the coming 6-12 months?
  • How is the deal landscape shaping up for alternative energy?