Water Midstream Transactions: There’s Floodin’ Down In Texas
The relationship between water management companies and producers is being shaped by the recent surge of water infrastructure transactions.
Dale Smith, Molly Butkus, Lytch Gutmann and John Stavinoha, Bracewell LLP
As producers seek to deliver on investor demand for free cash flow from ongoing drilling operations and the reduction of debt, the industry has seen a rapid emergence of large-scale water management companies. Further, because most producers constructed their water infrastructure assets purely to service their own production, inefficiencies and excess capacity on these systems became prevalent across the Permian Basin.
Armed with billions of dollars of non-deployed capital, private-equity-backed players have entered the water management market over the past few years to capitalize on both the increased efficiencies they could offer through the interconnection of these independent water systems and their operational expertise. The water companies’ desire for assets, coupled with the producers’ need for liquidity, has set the stage for the rapid emergence of a more sophisticated water management industry.