Publications

  • Adopting a More Strategic Approach to Procurement in Oil and Gas

    September 16, 2015 | Bain Brief

    As oil prices dropped, oil & gas procurement teams made all the easy, short-term cuts: asking suppliers for price reductions, clamping down on discretionary spending and deferring capex. Long-term change requires a more strategic approach, building capabilities that enable procurement teams to play

  • Engineering firms merge, aim to drive innovation

    September 07, 2015 | Infrastructure, Construction & Building Products | The Wall Street Journal | Media mention

    The construction industry has been a relatively slow adopter of innovations, partly because of the way projects are often managed with several companies handling various parts of the building process.

  • 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.

  • With low prices, drillers land windfall from pipes

    July 10, 2015 | Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil and Gas | Houston Chronicle | Media mention

    "We're going into a wave of M&A activity in midstream. The strong need and want to get stronger," Bertocco said. "It makes more and more sense for the larger players to acquire assets."

  • 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

  • Market conditions buttress Carlyle plans for Philadelphia refinery

    June 23, 2015 | EnergyWire | Media mention

    , a partner in the Oil & Gas practice at Bain & Company. "The key question looking forward ... what is going to happen with that differential? Is that differential sustainable? Will it widen again to the levels we saw in the last few months?

  • 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.