This is your Hart Energy LIVE A&D Minute.

EnCap found a buyer for three of its Midland Basin portfolio companies: Ovintiv is picking up the core Permian acreage in a $4.2 billion deal. Here’s what Enverus’ Intelligence Research Director Andrew Dittmar had to say about the acquisition.

Andrew Dittmar, intelligence research director, Enverus: For the energy industry as a whole, it's another step towards shale consolidating, maturing. We're in the more mature phase of the shale cycle. Public companies like Ovintiv need to realize that, capture inventory that's there. They did that in this deal. Private equity companies that have this inventory are sitting in a very good spot—good returns for Encap. They've probably made a lot of money on this deal, but it's going to be a little bit more challenging to do that going forward as those kind of big acquisition opportunities to redeploy that money isn't there.

Jordan Soto, Hart Energy: Crescent Point Energy is acquiring Spartan, Delta's Montney, Alberta, Canadian assets for nearly $1.3 billion. This would provide Crescent Point with over 20 years of inventory to sustain current production levels. Could the market see other big Canadian oil deals this year?

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