Bankruptcy Filings Rise Among US Energy Producers, Report

Sunday, August 18, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Sun, 08/18/2019

According to a new report from law firm Haynes and Boone LLP, bankruptcies in the upstream sector are increasing this year as energy spot prices remain subdued amid a cyclical downshift in the economy.

So far, 26 exploration and production (E&P) firms have filed for bankruptcy through mid-August, with debts totaling $10.96 billion. The firm noticed a surge in bankruptcies began in May, following a -23% correction in WTI prices from mid-April to mid-June.

In 2018, 28 E&P firms filed for bankruptcy, posting $13.2 billion in debt, while 24 firms asked for protection in 2017 with $8.5 billion in debt. The firm points out that insolvencies in the energy patch are gaining momentum.

“So far this year there has been an uptick in the number of filings,” Haynes & Boone said.

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