Monthly M&A Recap: August Deal Flow Remains Depressed, U.S. Election Uncertainty Looms

By Malavika Sharma
September 02, 2020
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Finbrook Monthly M&A Recap

International upstream oil & gas deal activity continued to decline in August as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, even as global crude oil benchmarks remained range-bound between US$43-45 a barrel.

According to data shared in Finbrook’s Monthly M&A Recap for the month of August, only 57 new deals, worth approximately US$2.1 billion in aggregate, were announced during the month, compared with an average deal count of 76 deals per month during H1-2020, and an average of 134 deals per month in H2-2019.

Southwestern Energy’s all-stock offer to acquire Montage Resources for over US$980 million (including debt) accounted for nearly half of aggregate deal value during the month, and followed the announcement of several other Appalachia-focused deals in the U.S. over the past two months.

Other significant deals announced in August included:
• Canadian Natural’s acquisition of B.C. Montney-focused Painted Pony Energy for ~CAD 461 million
• Whitecap’s all-stock offer to acquire Canadian producer NAL Resources from Manulife for ~CAD $155 million
• Woodside’s pre-emption of Lukoil’s offer to purchase Cairn’s 40% non-operated interest in the RSSD Blocks, offshore Senegal, for US$300 million

Industry analysts expect deal flow to remain muted for the remainder of Q3 and the beginning of Q4, as a second wave of Covid-19 infections hits countries around the world, and financial and commodity markets remain susceptible to increasing volatility in the period leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November.

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