Borrowing Cash To Fuel Growth Alone Is Over

Focus on returns, ESG essential to lure investors back to oil and gas.

Stuart Rexrode

Stuart Rexrode, managing partner of Blue Rock Energy Partners, speaks at Oil and Gas Investor's A&D Strategies and Opportunities conference in Dallas. (Source: Emily Patsy, Hart Energy)

It is no secret that investors have all but abandoned the oil and gas market over the past few years looking for more solid returns and performance out of their financial commitments. Years of borrowing in the name of growth and sacrificing the bottom line to do it has caught up to oil and gas producers, which are now having to shift their business models to live within cash flow.

While some on the financial side believe it is doable, and the money will come back, most are citing headwinds that will keep dollars out, at least for the foreseeable future. In some cases, even questioning the useful life of hydrocarbons as the earth’s dominant fuel.

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