Marcellus Oilfield Services Cos Being Forced to Discount

Make Him an Offer He Can't RefuseMDN editor Jim Willis attended the Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum yesterday in New York City. (New York at Christmas time is truly a sight to behold.) One of the more interesting things Jim learned was from a purely off-the-cuff remark made by John Hill, vice chairman and managing director of First Reserve, one of the world’s largest energy-focused private equity and infrastructure investment firms. John was talking about the downward pressure energy companies are making on oilfield services companies–like Schulmberger and Halliburton and Baker Hughes–forcing them to discount their prices. In the case of Halliburton, which is buying Baker Hughes (see Shotgun Wedding: Halliburton Forces Baker Hughes to Sell), Hill said energy companies are telling Halliburton they WILL lower their prices (by 20%) or else. Or else the energy companies will squawk to regulators in Washington that the proposed buyout is creating an unfair monopoly. The energy companies kind of have Halliburton over the proverbial barrel…

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