Energy Capital Conference
April 17-18, 2017
Austin, Texas
Omni Barton Creek
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Merrill CoprorationStratas AdvisorsNetherland, Sewell & Associates (NSAI)EnCap Investments
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Conference Agenda

Monday, April 17

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Tuesday, April 18

7:30 am

Registration, Breakfast & Networking


8:30 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy

8:35 am

Macroeconomic Keynote: Red Sky At Night?

The U.S. oil and gas industry is on the high seas– crude oil prices are vulnerable to squalls in Iran and tempests in Russia and the "accidentally on purpose" typhoons from OPEC. The Lower 48’s protesters and politicians are also bound to cause disruptions, at the same time that hugely prolific resource plays can unleash astonishing volumes of natural gas. This long-time advisor shares her views on the forces buffeting E&Ps today.

Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


9:00 am

Anatomy Of The Deals: A Look Inside

This banker and energy industry insider gives his insights into several of the major deals that have gone down in recent months. What was happening behind the curtain, and how did special circumstances make their impact?

Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy

  • Art Krasny, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities

9:25 am

A&D Roundtable: Finding Shade In The A&D Heatwave

Deal values keep challenging the mercury with an A&D heatwave scorching the market. Even the Haynesville, Bakken and Niobrara can cook up five-alarm prices. Where's a deal guru to look? Maybe not far. E&Ps have started to get creative, falling back on volumetric production payments, payment kickers to sellers and JVs. Experts discuss creative financing, break down play metrics, and examine the best plays where a dollar goes farther.

Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy


10:10 am

Networking Break


10:40 am

Spotlight: If Not The Permian, Where?

Many E&Ps want to buy into the Permian's seemingly endless stacked pays. But paying top dollar for acreage can strain a pocketbook and call final economics into doubt. What's the next best thing? Can a company that can't afford $40,000 per acre get better returns in $15,000-an-acre Eagle Ford?

Moderator: Darren Barbee, Senior Editor, A&D, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy

  • Porter Bennett, President and CEO, Ponderosa Advisors LLC

  • 11:05 am

    Financing Of The Year: Oil and Gas Investor's Excellence Award

    Presentation & Remarks – announcement coming soon!

    Moderator: Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy


    11:30 am

    Minerals Spotlight: A Revival

    The minerals sector is revitalized, as private equity firms, banks, and E&P companies pile into the fray. Why now, and how is this interest changing the A&D marketplace?

    Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy


    11:55 am

    Banking Spotlight: The Bottom Dollar

    This veteran executive surveys the capital landscape from the banker's perspective. What role are banks playing in the current acquisition market, and what kinds of terms can companies expect?

    Moderator: Chris Sheehan, CFA, Senior Financial Analyst, Hart Energy

    • BMO Capital Markets, Speaker TBA

    12:15 pm

    Networking Luncheon


    1:30 pm

    Executive Of The Year: Oil and Gas Investor's Excellence Award

    Presentation & Remarks – announcement coming soon!

    Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


    1:55 pm

    Analyst Spotlight: The North American Rebound

    This expert provides insight into some key questions swirling around the industry. How much new production is expected to come on from North American producers? What is the cost picture going forward, for both capital and for needed services? What is the potential for a self-defeating production oversupply?

    Moderator: Richard Mason, Chief Technical Director, Hart Energy

    • Jeff Quigley, Director, Energy Markets, Stratas Advisors

    2:20 pm

    Private Equity Panel: The Bargain Hunters

    Well-known firms have pumped billions of dollars back into management teams that have already scored in the Permian and elsewhere. Some firms are also shoving money into public companies, combining strength in the Stack and elsewhere. These experts decode PE firms' secrets of success and the unique challenges they face in today's marketplace.

    Moderator: Leslie Haines, Executive Editor-at-Large, Hart Energy


    3:20 pm

    M&A Deal Of The Year: Oil and Gas Investor's Excellence Award

    Presentation & Remarks – announcement coming soon!

    Moderator: Steve Toon, Editor-in-Chief, Oil and Gas Investor, Hart Energy


    3:45 pm

    Conference Adjourns

    Agenda content and timeline subject to change