According to a new study by BDO, one of the nation's leading accounting and consulting organizations, 65 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) at oil and gas exploration and production companies say employment levels will remain stable at their company in 2010. Another 27 percent said they plan to hire more people.
"Given continued tough market conditions, tightened credit access and lower demand, it's somewhat surprising that only eight percent of CFOs expect their companies to decrease employment levels in 2010," said Charles Dewhurst, a partner and National Energy Industry Practice Leader at BDO. "Apparently, the industry experienced such steep cuts to price, demand and personnel in 2009, there is really nowhere to go but up."
This sentiment holds true when looking at other expectations for 2010 as well, such as demand for oil and gas. Generally, CFOs have a positive outlook. They expect:
These findings are from the BDO 2010 Energy Outlook Survey, which examined the opinions of 100 chief financial officers at U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies.
Some of the major findings of the BDO 2010 Energy Outlook Survey include:
"More CFOs in the industry are attuned to the requirements for the SEC's modernization of oil and gas reserve disclosure rules, which went into effect on December 31, 2009" said Rocky Horvath, assurance partner in the National Energy Industry Practice at BDO. "However, it appears some may be questioning whether disclosure of probable and possible reserves is ultimately beneficial to their investors."
The BDO 2010 Energy Outlook Survey is a national telephone survey conducted by Market Measurement, Inc., an independent market research consulting firm, whose executive interviewers spoke directly to chief financial officers, using a telephone survey performed within a scientifically developed, pure random sample of U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies. It is the second annual survey. The survey was conducted in November of 2009.
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