The US energy market is presently in an adjustment period that will drive a number of near term changes in the market including decreasing credit availability for E&P companies as a result of upcoming borrowing base reductions, more cautious investing on the public and private equity side, and tighter debt structuring from public and private lenders. The decreased capital availability for E&P companies is already driving adjustments in E&P CAPEX budgets, which in turn has placed downward pressure on oil field service company revenue as contracts are being renegotiated at lower rates.
This adjustment will both create opportunities and difficulties for energy lenders and investors as well as E&P and oil field service companies. In some cases, these adjustments may be limited to a slowdown in a company’s rate of growth. For other companies, US$30 barrel oil will be catastrophic. The question for lenders, investors and energy companies is what kind of opportunity (or difficulty) has been created.