Low commodity prices in 2015 prompted energy companies to drastically revise their operational, capital expenditure (capex), finance and risk management plans. Industry-wide, capital expenditures fell an estimated 45% in 2015 versus 2014.
For 2016, the outlook suggests continuing frugality as the prevailing industry view is for oil and gas prices to remain “lower for longer,” reports Citi.
In two recently-issued articles, the group discuss how chief financial officers (CFOs) and treasurers are adjusting to these changes and working with their banks to beef up their global strategy. The authors are Jim Reilly, vice chairman and global head of energy corporate banking at Citi and Peter Langshaw, global sector sales head for energy, power, chemicals, metals and mining.
Both papers, under the title “Adapting to ‘Lower for Longer: How Companies are Adopting and Embedding Resilience’, can be accessed here.
The latest annual survey by US group Treasury Strategies reports that their priorities are familiar, but treasury is adopting a fresh approach to tackling them.
A credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner rather than a PIN or signature to authorise payment is currently being trialled in South Africa.
In its latest report, the International Monetary Fund notes that many governments have eased up on austerity measures.
The US trading and exchange technology services group has set up a unit to make minority stake investments of up to US$10m.