According to one of the top accounting/consulting firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity in the oil and gas sector in the U.S. heated up in 2013 and “included a strong uptick in the last three months of the year.” Overall there were 182 total deals accounting for $115.9 billion in total deal value for 2013. Also according to PwC, shale was an important part of that–in particular the Marcellus Shale.
PwC tracks M&A deals worth $50 million or more. During 4Q13, there were four such deals in the Marcellus, totaling $1.1 billion. The Utica had two deals in 4Q13 worth $263 million. For all of 2013, there were 79 shale deals (across all shale plays) that contributed $53.2 billion–that is, shale deals represented half of all oil & gas M&A deals during 2013. Here’s the announcement and analysis from PwC (sorry, we couldn’t score a copy of the full report, just the summary):