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Energy deals: US Oil & Gas Deals Insights 3Q 2016
Energy deals is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry saw an uptick in the second quarter of 2016, driven by smaller deals in the upstream segment.
Driving capital efficiency to fuel oil and gas projects Driving capital efficiency to fuel oil and gas projects
Does your team select, plan, and execute projects with capital efficiency?
Protecting the bottom line in the downturn and beyond Protecting the bottom line in the downturn and beyond
A balance of shrewd cuts and investments can help oil and gas companies navigate the current commodity price crisis and propel their growth in the future.
Unrealized potential of digital: The imperative of oil and gas digitization
Unrealized potential of digital: The imperative of oil and gas digitization
The changing oil and gas landscape affords opportunities for improving operational efficiency.

19th Annual Global CEO Survey: Oil and gas industry key findings 19th Annual Global CEO Survey: Oil and gas industry key findings
It’s no surprise that oil and gas CEOs are increasingly concerned about the business challenges of today and the future. During one of the worst years in the industry’s history, 72% of oil and gas CEOs told us that there are more threats facing their business today than there were three years ago.
2016 SEC comment letter and disclosure trends
In this edition of our annual publication, we have analyzed SEC staff comment letters issued to registrants across the entire energy and mining spectrum, including the upstream, midstream, downstream, and oilfield services subsectors.
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A Sea Change: Emerging from a Downturn

How will the oilfield service sector emerge from the crisis to position itself for future success? The past two years has been a torrid time for the sector. Now there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.

2016 SEC comment letter and disclosure trends

In this edition of our annual publication, we have analyzed SEC staff comment letters issued to registrants across the entire energy and mining spectrum, including the upstream, midstream, downstream, and oilfield services subsectors.

PwC and GE Digital Alliance: Competitive advantage through digital disruption in upstream oil & gas

Upstream oil & gas leaders are forced to think and act differently as they strive to improve safety, increase efficiencies, and reduce costs.

Digitizing the oil & gas cash recovery cycle: An integrated approach

Putting more money in your oil & gas company’s pocket through improved operational technology, processes, and cultural change.

Not your father's oil and gas business: Reshaping the future with upstream digitization

Digitization is the new lubricant for the future of the oil and gas industry’s upstream sector. With supply and demand mismatched, the need for new efficiencies is urgent. This report examines how digitization can benefit the upstream sector and what companies can do to get around the obstacles to change.

Revenue recognition implementation: Project approach and implementation challenges

PwC's recommended approach to implementation and bypassing technical and implementation challenges.

Energy deals: US Oil & Gas Deals Insights 3Q 2016

Energy deals is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry saw an uptick in the second quarter of 2016, driven by smaller deals in the upstream segment.

Strategic portfolio management: Applying a capabilities lens to manage the E&P portfolio

E​xploration and production (E&P) companies must increase their​ ​productivity​ —t​hey could​ ​benefit from ​strategic portfolio management​, in which analytical tools and a set of​ ​clearly defined ongoing meetings are used to identify which assets,​ ​programs, and wells E&P companies should invest in.

Cornering the Globe: Beyond the Black Gold in the GCC: Investing in a Diversified Middle East

Will the sustained plunge in energy prices be the 'beginning of the end' in the Middle East?

Unrealized potential of digital: The imperative of oil and gas digitization

The changing oil and gas landscape affords opportunities for improving operational efficiency.

Energy deals: US Oil & Gas Deals Insights 2Q 2016

Energy deals is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Driving capital efficiency to fuel oil and gas projects

Does your team select, plan, and execute projects with capital efficiency?

Energy Deals: US Oil and Gas Deal Activity Remains Flat in First Quarter of 2016

Energy deals is PwC's quarterly analysis of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the US oil and gas industry. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Protecting the bottom line in the downturn and beyond

A balance of shrewd cuts and investments can help oil and gas companies navigate the current commodity price crisis and propel their growth in the future.

Upstream Valuations in the Current Commodity Price Environment

The last year has been challenging for the oil & gas E&P industry. PwC’s leaders analyze the current market environment’s impact on upstream valuations.

19th Annual Global CEO Survey: Oil and gas industry key findings

It’s no surprise that oil and gas CEOs are increasingly concerned about the business challenges of today and the future. During one of the worst years in the industry’s history, 72% of oil and gas CEOs told us that there are more threats facing their business today than there were three years ago.

Energy Deals: Fourth-quarter 2015 oil and gas industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the US oil and gas industry reached the lowest levels of fourth quarter deal activity in five-years. This release provides an overview of the current outlook for M&A in the oil and gas industry.

2015 SEC comment letter and disclosure trends

We’ve analyzed comment letters from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s staff to registrants across the energy sector, including upstream, midstream, downstream, oilfield services and mining.

Surviving the worst: It’s time for oil services to address shortcomings and find strategic solutions

PwC discusses what oilfield services companies can do to survive the current period of collapsed oil prices.

Digital in Energy: Improving Oil and Gas Efficiency through Digital

Organizations who are thriving in the digital era have shown that differentiation from competition is achieved through the use of an ecosystem that enables data-driven insights. This has recently shifted the perspective in the O&G industry to view digitization as a critical component of core business.

Mexican Energy Reform-Mitigating Corruption Risk in Mexico

This paper discusses the Mexican Energy Reform and how companies can mitigate corruption risk in Mexico.

Global value chain integration: A critical success factor in the new tax environment

Originally featured in Offshore Magazine, this article focuses on global value chain integration and how BEPS affects offshore oil and gas companies.

Understanding upstream supply chain management: What does good look like?

Understanding upstream supply chain management: What does good look like?
This article focuses on the current environment for upstream Supply Chain organizations, the structure and practices that differentiate good and bad performance, and what Supply Chain organizations can do to increase the value they provide to their companies.


Transacting at $50 oil: Upstream A&D plays and complexities in today’s price environment

Transacting at $50 oil: Upstream A&D plays and complexities in today’s price environment
This point of view takes a look at the current commodity price environment and how it's impacting the transactions market.


The new normal: A fresh look at transfer pricing benchmarking for the oilfield equipment and services industry

The new normal: A fresh look at transfer pricing benchmarking for the oilfield equipment and services industry
We believe in a dynamic approach to benchmarking to allow for changing industry and market conditions. Our method combines established comparables with leading practices for translating the results into analyses that reflect current OFES industry and market realities.


The Bit: Accounting standards for discontinued operations

The Bit: Accounting standards for discontinued operations
In this issue of The Bit, we provide energy company executives and board members an overview of the main elements of the new standard, including differences from prior guidance with an emphasis on important considerations for energy companies.


Fit for $50 oil: Managing through the trough

Fit for $50 oil: Managing through the trough
To understand success or failure in a sustained low price environment requires an understanding of the strategic, financial, operational and commercial related factors that are critical to the health of an oil and gas company in a low price environment.


2015 Oil and Gas Trends

2015 Oil and Gas Trends
Roiled by global economic turmoil, untamed competition, and mind-numbing price swings, energy companies must be bold about transforming their business models.


Sail, not rail: Dynamic, capabilities-driven strategies for oil and gas companies

Sail, not rail: Dynamic, capabilities-driven strategies for oil and gas companies
Oil and gas companies need a dynamic strategy that is flexible enough to adapt to changes in the operating environment. Differentiating capabilities set the broad direction of travel, but companies will be able to adapt, as sailors do, in response to changes in the prevailing wind.


From compliance to commitment: Taking pride in operational excellence

From compliance to commitment: Taking pride in operational excellence
Leading upstream oil and gas companies are focusing on operational excellence (OE) as a way to manage rising costs and safety risks. But though most companies already have OE frameworks in place, their plans often don’t meet expectations. Strategy& has found that in every company is a group of frontline leaders superior at making emotional connections with their staff and motivating them to achieve better business results. By identifying and leveraging these “pride builders”, oil and gas companies can build an enterprise-wide network of informal leaders who will motivate employees to deliver operational excellence over the long term.


2014 SEC comment letter trends for the Energy and Mining Industry

2014 SEC comment letter trends for the Energy and Mining Industry
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the energy and mining value chain, including exploration and production, midstream, downstream, drillers, oilfield services, and integrated energy companies.


Energy & Mining: Mining Tax Update

Energy & Mining: Mining Tax Update
In this first issue of our Mining Tax Update for 2014, we cover important mining updates from January through June of 2014. Our Industry Update section starts with a summary of our annual assessment of the global mining industry Mine – Realigning Expectations, and a brief glimpse into PwC's Americas School of Mines. We also summarize recent merger and acquisition activity in the mining sector and discuss potential activity for the future.


The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015

The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015
View the Energy sector highlights from The Global State of Information Security® Survey.


Energy capital projects: Is your board doing enough? A user-friendly board guide for effective capital projects oversight

Energy capital projects: Is your board doing enough? A user-friendly board guide for effective capital projects oversight
Capital projects are key to strategy execution; issues with capital project selection and delivery can create enterprise-level risks. Read more in our user-friendly board guide for effective capital projects oversight.


Organizing for success: Designing and enabling a successful land organization

Organizing for success: Designing and enabling a successful land organization
Drawing upon PwC’s Land Benchmarking Study and interviews with more than 70 oil and gas professionals from different functions across 20 E&Ps, we outline in this article a framework for understanding what success looks like within Land—we detail what the renewed strategic importance of Land means for operators in terms of organization, people, and process. Together with exploration and development, Land is one of the critical planks for a successful upstream operator.


Mine 2014: Realigning expectations

Mine 2014: Realigning expectations
PwC’s annual review of global trends in the mining industry, based on the analysis of financial performance and position of the global mining industry as represented by the Top 40 mining companies by market capitalization.


In Brief: Consolidation - change may affect all industries

In Brief: Consolidation - change may affect all industries
The FASB recently broadened the scope of its consolidation project, which could result in changes to how companies assess whether another entity should be consolidated. The proposed changes would affect both the voting entity and variable interest entity consolidation guidance. The implications to previous accounting conclusions and disclosures could be significant given the prevalence of partnerships, joint ventures, equity investments and alternative ownership and investment structures within the energy sector.

This In Brief provides more detail on the FASB's recent decisions in this area.


Technology trends in land management: Geographic information systems

Technology trends in land management: Geographic information systems
This publication presents PwC's land management team's point of view on the benefits of Geographic Information Systems and why land is a great place to start.


Overcoming the onslaught: With the volume of land and lease data increasing, integration becomes a key factor

Overcoming the onslaught: With the volume of land and lease data increasing, integration becomes a key factor
Oil and gas company land departments must manage increasing volumes of land data from which they must derive intelligence. Leading companies streamline the integration of land assets, have efficient land services functions, and generate business insight from land data.


Mining tax update volume 2: July-December 2013

Mining tax update volume 2: July-December 2013
A quarterly review of tax developments and industry updates for the global mining sector. In this issue, we summarize alternative financing options, identify the needs of investors regarding reporting from mining companies, discuss the economic impact of gold on the global economy, provide an overview of a global gold, silver and copper price report, and update readers on the Dodd-Frank Act.


SEC comment letter trends for the Energy and Mining industry

SEC comment letter trends for the Energy and Mining industry
This publication provides an analysis of SEC comment letters issued to registrants across the energy and mining value chain, including exploration and production, midstream, downstream, drillers, oilfield services, and integrated energy companies.


The Bit - What energy company executives need to know about the proposed lease accounting standards

The Bit - What energy company executives need to know about the proposed lease accounting standards
US and international accounting standards setters are getting closer to completing their overhaul of lease accounting. They are taking this action in response to long-standing criticism that today’s financial statements do not adequately portray the economic substance of lease arrangements. This issue of PwC’s The Bit summarises the proposed guidance and explains how it is likely to change key financial reporting metrics.


What is the state of information security in the oil and gas sector?

What is the state of information security in the oil and gas sector?
Our industry specialists break out the most meaningful findings for energy companies. Explore the data, and plot your organisation’s information security readiness relative to your competitors.


New conventions for unconventional oil and gas series: Optimizing the play to improve returns

New conventions for unconventional oil and gas series: Optimizing the play to improve returns
In the second installment in a series of three, New Conventions for Unconventional Oil and Gas, PwC charts the rapidly evolving management practices that address the speed and complexity inherent in developing tens of thousands of unconventional wells across the shale basins of the lower 48 states.


PwC’s 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey: Energy and mining companies work to catch up with the IT revolution

PwC’s 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey: Energy and mining companies work to catch up with the IT revolution
Capturing the efficiencies of the digital transformation is of great importance for IT companies, which are looking to increase productivity and lower costs in the face of rising raw-material prices, shifting consumer spending, and more complex supply chains.


Analytics-fortified talent management: The new strategic role for HR in oil and gas

Analytics-fortified talent management: The new strategic role for HR in oil and gas
PwC analyses the growing demand and shrinking pool for talent within the oil and gas industry resulting in a new strategic HR role to help keep their company relevant.


Energy Spotlight: Lease accounting - Transformational Change

Energy Spotlight: Lease accounting - Transformational Change
PwC considers some impacts of the proposed lease accounting standard on companies including how this lease accounting overhaul will change balance sheets and income statement recognition.


New conventions for unconventional oil and gas: Reducing the drag to achieve speed and efficiency

New conventions for unconventional oil and gas: Reducing the drag to achieve speed and efficiency
This new publication examines the current trends in how energy companies are operationalising their strategies for unconventional development in shale.


The US Energy Revolution: The role of private equity in oil and gas

The US Energy Revolution: The role of private equity in oil and gas
This new thought leadership piece examines the trends that have spurred unprecedented private equity growth in the US oil and gas industry during the past ten years. The specific lens is risk, and the analysis probes each industry segment along the risk continuum with deeper dives into each subsegment.


Embedding cyber security into the energy ecosystem: An integrated approach to assessing cyber threats and protecting your assets

Embedding cyber security into the energy ecosystem: An integrated approach to assessing cyber threats and protecting your assets
This publication discusses the implications of persistent cyber threats on energy companies and the challenges that security leaders face on a daily basis that can divert their focus, including demand for always-on services, intensifying regulations, mobility and initiatives like replacing aging industrial control systems with more modern "smart" devices.


Stay informed 2012 Financial Reporting Survey

Stay informed 2012 Financial Reporting Survey
This publication helps energy companies benchmark selected accounting policies with industry practices, identifies trends for significant accounting estimates, and facilitates the discussion on certain aspects of energy industry practice.