Share of unconventionals in total deal value reduced from 49% in 2009 to 31% in 2010. However, a significant part of the unconventional deal value in 2009 was due to a single deal, the acquisition of XTO by ExxonMobil (unconventionals’ share without XTO would be 30%).
Number of deals greater than $1bn, both conventional and unconventional, were greater in 2010 than in any of the previous three years. Clearly the deal market was robust for both types of assets.
Majors continued to acquire unconventional assets, but also got back into the conventional deals market
In 2010, the Majors bought conventional and unconventional assets in more balanced measures unlike 2009 when the Majors focused predominantly on unconventional assets. For 2010, the split was 35% conventionals/65% unconventionals based on the largest deals as show in chart.
The unconventional assets acquired by the Majors included
The conventional assets acquired by the Majors included
• US (ExxonMobil-Ellora)
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