Business Dev: Navigating the Storm of Low Natural Gas Prices

Join the Business Development Study Group at the Four Seasons Hotel for our second meeting of the year. KeyBanc’s Sylvia Barnes will share her insight on natural gas prices – the components powering the storm and a forecast of what lies ahead.  She will be joined by Talos Energy’s Tim Duncan and HighMount’s Allen May, who will address how E&P operators plan to weather the storm.  The popular format of a Business & Social Networking hour, with complimentary Hors’ D’ Oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by an hour-long program, will begin at 5:00 pm in the Mezzanine.
Natural gas prices peaked at $13 in 2008 only to quickly collapse, briefly reaching a low of $3 in September 2009, before generally leveling out between $4 and $5/mmbtu. With futures consistently indicating a quick return to levels of $6, or higher, companies have invested enormous amounts of capital to acquire and develop newly discovered unconventional assets. Since July, that bubble has burst with NYMEX Spot reaching the low $2.20’s – IN JANUARY!  What are the drivers of this sudden downturn in prices? What is the supply side  interplay of storage levels, rig counts, lease expiries, capital commitments, expanding pipeline capacities and continuing technological advancements? When will demand arrive like the cavalry to soak up this excess supply? Through what mechanisms? Will exports play a significant role? Ms. Barnes will shed some light on the fundamentals behind this movement and provide us with her thoughts on the future.
With this stormy forecast, how are established and new growth E&P’s to chart a course through this challenging economic environment? Do their plans differ with scale, location, and age? Do they join the stampede to high liquid yield unconventional plays? Or batten down the hatches to sail through the cyclone while remaining dry gas focused. Are their contrarians who view this as an opportunity to acquire gas reserves “on the cheap”?
We welcome you to join us for this informative discussion, as well as the fellowship and networking of the popular Social Hour at 5:00 pm.

Location: Four Seasons Hotel
1300 Lamar, Between Caroline & Austin
Houston , Texas 77010

Date: March 28, 2012, 5 p.m. - March 28, 2012, 7 p.m.