Publications

  • Big oil patch deal may prompt others to explore

    August 26, 2015 | Oil and Gas | The Houston Chronicle | Media mention

    As the price of crude plunges and companies with strong finances look to get stronger by gobbling up weaker competitors, the oil and gas industry may start to see more mergers.

  • Midstream execs pipe up as stocks go down

    August 20, 2015 | Oil and Gas | The Houston Chronicle | Media mention

    A large part of the value of a midstream company today is its promise of a steadily rising dividend, yet investors seem to be pricing midstream companies as if they won't be growing much at all.

  • Agitators and Reformers: How to Respond to Activist Investors

    July 30, 2015 | Transaction Advisors

    Activist investing continues to explode, with the target of such investments getting larger and more diverse. Few, if any, management teams are immune to an activist challenge in today's market.

  • Wave of Midstream M&A is Coming

    July 08, 2015 | Oil & Gas Financial Journal

    Many midstream companies are taking immediate action to lower costs and defer capital expenditures. But executives should not lose sight of the opportunity this downturn presents to establish and extend leadership positions.

  • Still glued to the tube? Digital channels now perform better than traditional tv on audience reach and other traits that matter most to advertisers

    July 08, 2015 | Media | Press release

    STILL GLUED TO THE TUBE? DIGITAL CHANNELS NOW PERFORM BETTER THAN TRADITIONAL TV ON AUDIENCE REACH AND OTHER TRAITS THAT MATTER MOST TO ADVERTISERS

  • A Fresh Look at Store Labor

    June 17, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Considering the growth of omnichannel shopping, increasing service expectations and escalating costs, retailers are scrutinizing how—and how much—to spend on brick-and-mortar store sales associates, a major influence on customer advocacy.

  • Rebooting IT: What Separates Digital Leaders from the Rest

    June 10, 2015 | Bain Brief

    To meet rising customer demands and capture fast-moving opportunities, most organizations will need to completely change the way IT works.

  • Agitators and Reformers: How to Respond to Activist Investors

    June 10, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Someday soon, an activist investor is likely to show up on your corporate doorstep. You can turn this engagement to your company’s advantage—provided that you have done the necessary advance preparation.

  • What the Recent Oil Price Shock Teaches about Managing Uncertainty

    May 27, 2015 | Bain Brief

    Oil & gas executives can best manage unpredictability and volatility in energy markets by planning detailed scenarios, defining signposts and monitoring leading indicators. This process allows planners to see where markets are headed and adapt their strategies based on identified risks and

  • Operational Excellence: Maintaining Focus in a Time of Oil Price Volatility

    May 27, 2015 | Bain Brief

    As margins tighten oil and gas companies look for ways to cut costs, asking suppliers to reduce their rates and delaying projects. But cutting back on operational excellence activities would be a mistake. Short -term cost cuts may deliver immediate relief, but the wrong cuts could throw off the