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Great American: Used Equipment Values Stable in Oil and Gas Industry

February 28, 2014, 06:50 AM
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According to analysts with Great American Group, Inc., the oil and gas industry has experienced relative stability over the last quarter. Oil production has increased steadily, and natural gas pricing has risen drastically in the wake of a strong winter.

"Natural gas prices have experienced a sharp increase in recent weeks as demand has spiked and drained domestic storage levels," said Robert Callaway, Head of Great American Group's Advisory and Valuations Services Oil and Gas division. "Recent colder-than-expected weather throughout most of the U.S. has driven this demand."

Additionally, crude oil output achieved a five percent year-over-year growth in spite of rig counts, which have fluctuated little in recent months. "According to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates, oil production increased to approximately 7.5 million barrels a day by the end of 2013, with forecasts expecting 2014 to settle at nearly 8.3 million barrels a day," indicated Callaway. The increased output is the result of horizontal drilling techniques, pad drilling, and walking rigs.

Used equipment in the secondary marketplace has remained stable through the last 12 months, with the exception of older mechanical rigs and related equipment, which have experienced an increase in secondary marketplace activity, although, at reduced recovery values. "Auction activity has remained consistent; however, most transactions of equipment have taken place in negotiated sales or through mergers and acquisitions," said Callaway.

Continued demand for both crude oil and natural gas will dictate the necessity for the related drilling and service equipment. In the case of natural gas, while stored supply should increase after winter has subsided, the level of depletion will determine the need for increased wellheads and equipment necessary to gather this product.

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