Monday, July 4, 2011

$2 - $3 Billion Worth of Eagle Ford Shale Assets Up For Sale as of July 2011

Derrick Petroleum's "Deals in Play' database has recorded $2 - $3 billion worth of Eagle Ford Shale assets for sale as on July 2011. The Eagle Ford Shale is becoming prized property for oil and gas companies in 2011. The shale play area starts at the Texas-Mexico border in Webb and Maverick counties and extends 400 miles toward East Texas. The play is 50 miles wide, an average of 250 feet thick at a depth between 4000 and 12,000 feet, and has high carbonate content making it easier to fracture than other shales. In addition, it is also more liquid rich than other shales. The $/acre of the shale has been increasing rapidly over the last few years due to increasing successes of companies exploring this play. The high present $/acre relative to previous years is also bringing capital to firms who want to sell non-core Eagle Ford assets to focus on their core assets.

The following table from Derrick Petroleum’s ‘Deals in Play’ database shows opportunities available with respect to Eagle Ford assets as on 4 July 2011.

Table 1: Is an interactive chart/ table showing data recorded from Derrick Petroleum's 'Deals in Play' database. Only deals above $10 million are shown. Net undeveloped acres have been sorted from highest (up) to lowest (down). Subscribers can click on the relevant bar to view detailed information from the database. 

The following table shows recent transactions involving the Eagle Ford Shale for insight into its recent $/Acre.

Table 2: X axis shows Buyer-Seller. Y axis is deal value. $/acre is given above the bar's in the chart. Data is sorted by month and quarter. Only deals above $100 million in Q1 and Q2 2011 have been shown. Click on the bars for more detail on individual deals.

Analyst Comments
1. Total deal value involving Eagle Ford shales has been among the highest relative to the other US shales.
2. Number of deals involving Eagle Ford shale have been the highest so far in 2011 as compared to other shales (~25 deals), as recorded in Derrick's Deals database.
3. Eagle Ford shale looks set to dominate the deals market for unconventionals in 2011. 

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