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Privately Held Companies Biggest Contributor to Rig Count Drop

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Posted By Greg Tsichlis

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Nearly two-thirds of the rig count drop over the past 12 months was due to privately held companies idling their drilling rigs. During this period, a net 29% of private operators, who were drilling at the beginning of this period, have since suspended all of their U.S. drilling operations.

 

Though the rig count appears to have flattened out over this past week, the rig reductions by private operators continued unabated. We observed a net five private companies and a net seven rigs controlled by this group fall out of the mix relative to one week ago.

 

Conversely, the group of publicly traded E&P companies whose drilling was stable added a net seven rigs over the week. Think of the private E&P companies as an indicator of the directional health of the oil & gas industry. Thus, any activity stabilization for this group of private companies is likely a sign that better times for the entire industry may be on the horizon.

 

Unfortunately, we are not observing such a signal yet.

 


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