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.
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A study of consumers across 20 countries found only three where more than half those surveyed trusted merchants’ ability to protect their data.
Companies have only a limited time to complete their preparations before the UK departs the EU, warns Marsh executive Mark Weil.
Although the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) is now better understood by asset management firms, too many grey areas still surround the regulation, claims Linedata.