We’re Not Venture Capitalists, We’re Restructuring Partners.

Waterous Energy Fund is a North American private equity firm seeking to invest in established oil and gas businesses with top decile assets, requiring recapitalizing, restructuring or repositioning. We believe that the combination of lower commodity prices, new technology and consequent industry dislocation have made  this an ideal time to invest in the oil patch.

We Seek to Buy Complexity and Sell Simplicity.

We believe now is an exciting time to be investing in the oil patch. At the macro level, despite a more favourable supply and demand balance than in recent years, the forward curves for both oil and natural gas are now essentially flat. At the asset level, improvements in technology have produced drilling returns in select areas which are among the highest return and lowest risk in recent history. At the industry level, companies saddled with legacy capital structures and business plans create opportunities for repositioning.

Responding to these changing industry dynamics, Waterous Energy Fund has a differentiated investment strategy. While most oil and gas private equity firms focus on providing growth capital – backing start-up management teams to build junior companies by de-risking emerging plays – we believe this venture capital approach is now severely challenged due to a lack of exits. The same changes in technology which have increased drilling returns have created a glut of organic growth opportunities, significantly decreasing demand for sub-scale businesses, especially those without top quartile asset quality.

Instead, Waterous Energy Fund focuses on acquiring established businesses with scale, management and top-quartile assets, but which require recapitalizing, restructuring or repositioning to unlock value (WEF’s “3 R’s”). Rather than a large portfolio of smaller companies, Waterous Energy Fund seeks to build a concentrated portfolio of businesses with sufficient scale and asset quality to maximize liquidity options and earn premium valuations. This concentrated portfolio will allow us to actively partner with management in each investment.

Team

Adam Waterous MANAGING PARTNER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Michael Buckingham MANAGING DIRECTOR
Henry Hager Managing Director
David Roosth Director
Connor Waterous PRINCIPAL
Riley Waterous Associate
Andrew Kim CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Sharon Cooke Executive Assistant
Kari Vandenberg SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Adam Waterous

MANAGING PARTNER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Prior to founding Waterous Energy Fund in January, 2017, Adam served as Global Head of Investment Banking and Head of Energy and Power, North America at Scotiabank, where he was responsible for all of Scotiabank's global Equity and Advisory activities and Scotia Waterous.

Under Adam’s leadership from 2005 to 2016, Scotia Waterous was among the most active advisors in the oil and gas acquisition and divestiture market with transactions roughly evenly split between Canada, the United States and other countries.

Adam co-founded Waterous & Co., a predecessor firm to Scotia Waterous, in September 1991 where he was a member of the firm's Executive Committee and the head of the firm. Scotia Capital acquired Waterous & Co. in 2005.

Before co-founding Waterous & Co., Adam worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department with First Boston Corporation in New York and in management consulting with McKinsey & Company in Toronto.

Adam has been active in many industry, community, health, arts, and education organizations. From 2013 to 2019, Adam served on the Harvard College Fund Executive Committee. In 2013, Adam was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the community. In 2017, Adam received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oil and Gas Council. Adam received the 2019 Lefaivre Award, presented to an individual each year by the United Way of Calgary for exceptional volunteer service and community involvement. 

From 2018-2020 Adam was Chair of Calgary Economic Development’s Economic Strategy CEO Roundtable. From 2020-2021 Adam was a founding board member of Invest Alberta Corporation, the Government of Alberta agency that promotes the province and provides services to attract businesses in key growth sectors and high impact investment opportunities. Adam is Chair of the Board of Governors of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, one of Canada’s foremost higher learning institutions and cultural destinations for fine arts, leadership development, mountain culture, and the environment.

Adam holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and a MBA from Harvard Business School. Being in the top five percent of his class at Harvard, he was designated a Baker Scholar.

Adam Waterous

Michael Buckingham

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Prior to joining Waterous Energy Fund, Michael was a Managing Director with Scotia Waterous in Houston with responsibility for advising clients in the energy sector on M&A and capital markets transactions. Michael has extensive experience working with private and public exploration and production companies operating in the U.S. shale plays, with a particular focus on the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale.

Michael has 14 years of investment banking experience with Scotia, UBS and Morgan Stanley and has advised on over US $30 billion in M&A transactions in the energy sector. Michael’s advisory assignments have included numerous projects for private equity firms and investment groups involving the analysis and valuation of oil & gas assets.

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to attending business school, Michael served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Foreign Service.

Michael Buckingham

Henry Hager

Managing Director

Before joining Waterous Energy Fund, Henry was a Director with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, where he spent six years, with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure.

Prior to joining KKR, he was with Constellation Energy in its corporate strategy and development group, where he was involved in a number of merger, acquisition, and other corporate advisory transactions. 

He also he served in a number of capacities in President George W. Bush’s administration, including as a West Wing associate to Karl Rove, Senior Advisor to the President, and as the economic and energy policy advisor to the 35th Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. He also served as a deputy operations manager on President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. 

He holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. from Wake Forest University.

He is a board member of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Building Conservation Trust.

 

Henry Hager

David Roosth

Director

Prior to joining Waterous Energy Fund, David was a Principal on the energy team for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, where he was involved in a variety of corporate and asset-level energy and natural resources transactions over the course of six years (2012 – 2018). During his time at KKR, David evaluated and executed investments across a number of different pools of capital including private equity, credit and energy real assets. David has experience in oil and gas real assets, oilfield services, midstream, downstream and mining.

Before joining KKR, David was with TPH Partners, where he was involved in middle-market equity investments in the energy industry. Prior to TPH Partners, David was with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., where he focused primarily on strategic advisory and M&A transactions for companies in the energy industry.

David has been actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations and currently serves as a board member of the Houston Urban Debate League.

David holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

 

David Roosth

Connor Waterous

PRINCIPAL

Prior to joining Waterous Energy Fund, Connor was an associate on the energy team for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, where he was involved in a variety of corporate and asset-level oil and gas transactions from 2014 to 2017.

Prior to joining KKR, Connor was a member of the energy private equity team at the Blackstone Group. Prior to that, Connor began his career at Barclays Capital, where he was a member of the firm’s natural resources investment banking group.

Connor has been a member of a variety of community organizations, including the Catholic Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and is currently a member of the Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School Alumni Board.

Connor holds a B.A. with a concentration in Economics from Harvard College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Being in the top five percent of his class, he was designated a John Harvard Scholar.

Connor Waterous

Riley Waterous

Associate

Prior to joining Waterous Energy Fund, Riley was an analyst in the energy investment banking group at J.P. Morgan, where he was involved in a variety of oil and gas mergers, acquisitions, and financings from 2017 to 2020. 

Before joining J.P. Morgan, Riley was a member of the energy private equity team at ARC Financial. Prior to that, Riley worked at Pembina Pipeline, where he worked as an analyst in the Capital Markets and Investor Relations group. Riley began his career in 2014 at Scotiabank, where he worked as an analyst in the energy investment banking team.

Riley holds a B.A. with a concentration in Economics from Harvard College where he graduated Cum Laude, with High Honors in Economics.

Riley Waterous

Andrew Kim

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Andrew Kim is Chartered Professional Accountant, with extensive experience working with a variety of private and publicly traded companies across North America.

Andrew has held various leadership positions of several Toronto Stock Exchange Issuers including President of Crescentwood Capital Corp., President of Pyxis Capital Inc., President of HAL Concepts Ltd., President of Graystone Corporation, President and Director of Stonington Capital Corporation, President and Director of CBOC Continental Corporation, and Vice-President, Finance of Unicorp Energy Corporation.

Mr. Kim was appointed to the Strath Resources Ltd. board of directors in January 2017 and was appointed as Audit Committee Chairman in May 2017.

Andrew holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Sharon Cooke

Executive Assistant

Born and educated in England, Sharon spent the first 18 years of her career working in banking, culminating in the position of Control Manager, where she was responsible for risk and fraud management controls within a retail banking environment.

After moving to Calgary in 2006, Sharon took the position of Executive Assistant to Adam Waterous at Scotiabank and held that role until the founding of Waterous Energy Fund, where she joined Adam in March 2017.

Sharon Cooke

Kari Vandenberg

SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kari’s has 15 years experience within the Financial Investment industry.  Prior to joining Waterous Energy Fund, Kari was Office Manager at Hesperian Capital Management Ltd.,  now known as Norrep Capital Management Ltd. (NCM)

At NCM Kari was responsible for day to day operations of the Calgary and Toronto offices working closely alongside the NCM management team.

Kari joined Waterous Energy Fund in March of 2020 where she aids in the office administration and assisting the WEF team.

Kari Vandenberg

Portfolio

Strathcona Resources

Strathcona Resources

Strathcona Resources is a private oil and gas producer with assets across Western Canada, focused on thermal oil, enhanced oil recovery, and condensate-rich Montney.

 

Strathcona Resources

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Canada Must Tackle Consumer Emissions; Hydrogen, CCUS And LNG Are All Climate Wins
Northern Gateway: Feds Could Use TMXProceeds To Help Pay For Second WestCoast Pipeline
VIDEO: Secular and cyclical trends in energy investing: what’s the energy industry of the future?
Opinion: With Keystone cancelled, we must resuscitate Northern Gateway
Oil change: How the collapse in crude demand during the pandemic could be a blessing for Canadian producers
Opinion: Keystone XL and the need for a U.S.-Canada Energy Partnership
Commentary: Institutions urged to act now on opportunities created by current global oil disruption
The Dicey Economics of Investing in Oil During COVID-19
Waterous Energy Fund honored to be nominated for the Global Energy Private Equity Firm of the Year by Private Equity International
PODCAST: As production falls, the bearish case for US oil
Oil Deal Unites Father And Son To Form Permian Basin Powerhouse
Harold Hamm hits back at ‘crazy’ shale claims
Pioneer Natural Resources to Buy Parsley Energy for $4.5 Billion
Shale Binge Has Spoiled US Reserves, Top Investor WarnsNew Blog Post
Canadian oilmen drill the government for aid
VIDEO: Waterous Energy Fund Merges Two Companies to Create Strathcona Resources
Endangered species: Canadian small oil and gas companies under pressure to merge or die
Small oil players strive to survive as big producers eye bargins
Waterous Energy Fund consolidates oil and gas holdings
Wall Street Journal: Oil Still Hasn’t Rebounded Enough
Private equity‘s big moment: With trillions of dollars on hand, firms are ready to feast on pandemic spoils.
PODCAST: What US shale will have to do to survive the demand shock and reinterest investors
The oil industry is bracing for an onslaught of bankruptcies. Here are the 25 companies Fitch says are most at risk.
The engine of global oil production growth is sputtering for the first time in a dozen years
PODCAST: Adam Waterous interviewed by the Oil & Gas Council
Bloomberg TV: U.S. Weighs Paying Drillers to Leave Oil in Ground
Private Equity Can’t Escape the Pain of Shale Country’s Collapse
Peak Permian Oil Output Is Closer Than You Think, Investor Says
PODCAST: Peak Permian Output Nearing as Capital Flight Risk Looms?
Adam Waterous Seeks to Profit From Disruption in Oil-and-Gas Market
Waterous Energy Wraps Up Its First Fund
Waterous Energy raises $1.4-billion
Waterous Energy Fund Donates $100,000 to SBEF Harvey Relief Fund
All That New Shale Oil May Not Be Enough as Big Discoveries Drop
ADAM WATEROUS: There’s opportunity in the death of the oil industry’s business model
Northern Blizzard Resources Inc. Announces Acquisition by Waterous Energy Fund of Ownership of 67% of Outstanding Common Shares and Director and Executive Changes
'We never had it so good': Canadian investor Adam Waterous is an optimist about energy
Waterous PE firm targets Canadian, U.S. energy assets
Waterous fund acquires two-thirds of Northern Blizzard Resources
Waterous Energy Fund Announces Agreements to Acquire 67% Ownership of Northern Blizzard Resources Inc.
Scotiabank’s Waterous leaving to start private equity fund
Scotiabank energy banker launches oil and gas PE fund
Waterous leaves Scotiabank to start private equity firm and bet on Alberta's next drilling boom

Press Releases

Waterous Energy Fund announces the amalgamation of Strathcona Resources Ltd. and Osum Oil Sands Corp. and the closing of a new C$1.0 billion covenant-based credit facility
Waterous Energy Fund Announces the Completion of the Final Step of its Acquisition of Osum Oil Sands Corp.
Waterous Energy Fund announces the final step of its acquisition of Osum Oil Sands Corp; shareholder meeting to be held April 30, 2021 to approve the transaction
Waterous Energy Fund Successfully Completes Take-Over Bid for 57 Million Shares of Osum Oil Sands Corp.
Waterous Energy Fund Announces Successful Take-Over Bid for Osum Oil Sands Corp., Commencement of Mandatory 10-Day Tender Extension Period, and Voluntary Resignation of Osum Directors and Officers
Waterous Energy Fund Improves its Cash Offer for Osum and Enters into Support Agreements with All Independent Directors and All Senior Executive Officers
Waterous Energy Fund Addresses Osum’s Press Release and Reaffirms Strong Shareholder Support
Waterous Energy Fund announces that the Alberta Securities Commission dismissed Osum’s application in its entirety and reports that its take-over bid for Osum has received overwhelming shareholder support
Waterous Energy Fund has withdrawn its requisition for a special meeting of Osum shareholders
Waterous Energy Fund to oppose the application filed by Osum Oil Sands Corp. with Alberta Securities Commission and has requisitioned a special shareholders meeting to protect shareholders’ right to choose
Waterous Energy Fund commences a shareholder-supported take-over bid to acquire up to 52.5 million shares of Osum Oil Sands Corp.
Waterous Energy Fund announces its intention to launch a shareholder-supported take-over bid to acquire up to 52.5 million shares of Osum Oil Sands Corp., establishing a clear path to full ownership of Osum
Waterous Energy Fund announces the combination of Strath Resources Ltd. and Cona Resources Ltd. to create the leading private North American oil producer, Strathcona Resources Ltd.
Cona Resources Completes Acquisition of Pengrowth Energy Corporation
Cona Resources Ltd. to acquire Pengrowth Energy Corporation
Waterous Energy Fund Closes First Fund At Hard Cap Of $1.4 Billion
Strath Resources Announces Transformative Acquisition of Montney Assets
Cona Resources Ltd. Announces Shareholder Approval and Closing of Plan of Arrangement with Waterous Energy Fund

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WEF on Peak Permian, Oil Industry M&A, and WEF Investment Strategy
Select Quotes from Adam Waterous in the News Media in 2020

Peak Permian

Bloomberg –1/14/2020

“We think we are at or near peak Permian. The North American oil market has been grossly overcapitalized, which is not sustainable…Over the past five years,the industry and its investors mistook a massive structural change for a simple cyclical event. It’s impossible to continue to have uneconomic production and capex.” 

Financial Post – 5/9/2020

“[We expect] total oil production in the U.S. to fall several million barrels per day this year. The coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated that trend. Essentially, it’s turned the slope of the decline from a green run into a double black diamond.” 

Globe and Mail – 6/19/2020

Even before the pandemic, the U.S. oil “tech-wreck” [as Mr. Waterous says] had showed itself over the past five years as producers and investors plowed piles of capital into drilling and hydraulic fracturing in regions such as the Bakken in North Dakota and the Permian in Texas. Returns have dwindled, Mr. Waterous says. U.S. oil output is on track to decline from 12.7 million barrels a day at the start of this year, to 9 million or 10 million a day by the end of 2021, and that will mean corporate casualties, he predicts.

The Financial Times – 10/12/2020

“They were making lousy returns at $65 a barrel,” said Adam Waterous, head of Waterous Energy Fund. “You need at least north of $70 before you start achieving a cost-of-capital return in the U.S. [shale] oil business.” Production from the Permian, the prolific shale field of west Texas and New Mexico, peaked even before the crash this year, Mr. Waterous said. At current prices, only 25% of US shale was economical, he added. 

Harold Hamm took issue with a claim by Adam Waterous, head of Waterous Energy Fund, that just 25% of the shale resources was now viable at $40 a barrel. “That just doesn’t hold water,” said Mr. Hamm, a renowned US oil bull. “If that was the case, oil wouldn’t be at $40 for very long – it would have to increase to have supply.”

S&P Global Platts - 12/29/2020

More broadly, we think we're at peak investable oil; supply coming from investor-controlled companies in the world has peaked and is in decline," Waterous said.

At year-end 2019, the world consumed about 100 million b/d of oil, 27 million b/d of which came from investor-controlled oil businesses, Waterous noted.

By 2030 we think that will decline to...20 million b/d,he said, with 3.5 million b/d of that decline coming out of the US.

The Globe and Mail - 2/23/2021

More broadly, we think we're at peak investable oil; supply coming from investor-controlled companies in the world has peaked and is in decline," Waterous said.

At year-end 2019, the world consumed about 100 million b/d of oil, 27 million b/d of which came from investor-controlled oil businesses, Waterous noted.

By 2030 we think that will decline to...20 million b/d,he said, with 3.5 million b/d of that decline coming out of the US.

Oil Industry M&A – Poor Asset Quality Reducing Buyers

Bloomberg – 4/1/2020

“The [shale] industry was just vaporizing capital over the last five years. The U.S. unconventional business was not working, and specifically, the returns that were being earned were atrociously poor…The technology really is incredible – it was a revolution – but what happened was it got way overdone. In the sober light of day, maybe about 15% or 20% was economic. Three-quarters-plus was completely uneconomic.”

 The Wall Street Journal – 10/20/2020

“There is no market for about 80% of the roughly 500 oil and gas producers in North America...It’s not as simple as smashing together some private equity [oil and gas] companies that have no buyer,” said Mr. Waterous, who was previously the head of investment banking and energy at Bank of Nova Scotia. “The vast majority of these are not good assets.”

Reuters – 3/24/2021

“The recovery in oil prices from last year’s lows means more companies are incentivized to move ahead with deals.

“The organic growth model is dead,” said Adam Waterous, chief executive of Canadian private equity firm Waterous Energy Fund, which this month completed its takeover of Osum Oil Sands Corp for C$171 million ($137 million).

“Puff Daddy said it all: ‘It’s all about the Benjamins,’” he said, referring to the American rapper’s song about the U.S. $100 bill. “If Canadian companies want access to U.S. investors’ cash, they have to gain scale,” he added.”

 

Oil Industry M&A - Few Buyers Reducing Premiums

Forbes – 10/27/2020

“This M&A is entirely defensive…The industry got over capitalized. It was way too big and now it has to shrink. That’s why we’re seeing all-stock deals with very small premiums. The future looks tough — sellers are waving the white flag.”

The Globe and Mail - 2/23/2021

“The industry went through a four-decade obsession with growth, starting in 1973 with the first Arab oil embargo,” Waterous says. “That was a period when the industry was in an age of scarcity, and all things oil were driven for growth. Now that this age of scarcity has passed, we have to focus on the underlying profitability of the business.” That’s why the sector has seen a flurry of mergers recently, including Cenovus Energy’s $23.6-billion takeover of Husky Energy in October and Whitecap Resources’s all-stock purchase of TORC Oil & Gas in December. “There will be fewer companies out there,” Waterous says, “but overall, the health of the industry will be better—and that’s going to help attract investors to the sector.”

Financial Post – 15/4/2021

Private money is behind as many as 500 producers in the US, accounting for about a third of total American oil output in recent years. The bulk are now lossmaking and will never repay the cash ploughed into them, said Waterous.

 “We think about 80 per cent of them are illiquid,” he said. “There is no bid. So 400 of the 500 are unsaleable.”

Failing companies are likely to be starved of capital and forced into “blow down” mode, said Waterous, producing what oil they can as quickly as possible and as long as possible, just to keep some cash trickling in.

 “This business is broken,” said Waterous. “The industry is going through a multiyear process of wringing capital out of the sector, not bringing new capital in.”

WEF Investment Strategy

Globe and Mail – 6/19/2020

“We think the North American energy industry is going to create a lot of special situations. We are a deep-value special situations investor… A large portion of the North American oil business over the next several years is going to be recapitalized, restructured and repositioned. For the U.S. oil business, this is going to be, ‘Honey, I shrunk the industry.’”

The Globe and Mail – 8/14/2020

WEF’s ultimate aim to consolidate [Strath Resources and Cona Resources] was “the oil patch’s worst kept secret,” Mr. Waterous said in an interview. “There’s never been such an important need for the industry to consolidate itself, for companies to merge to gain scale. So that’s what we’re doing – getting bigger to have operational economies of scale and better access to capital.”

The Economist – 10/10/2020

Waterous Energy Fund, a private-equity firm that has bought more than half of the Canadian reserves sold in the past three years, has a simple strategy, says its boss, Adam Waterous: “Hold production flat and maximize sustainable free cashflow.”

Bloomberg - 12/10/2020

Adam Waterous, chief executive officer of Calgary-based private equity firm WEF, is among investors expecting more profitability from the oil sands than shale. He estimates U.S. crude production will fall by about 2.5 million barrels a day in the next year as oil prices are still too low to earn attractive returns…“The best days of the U.S. oil industry are definitely behind us,” he said. “We are very bullish on Canadian oil sands where others are not.”

 

 

 

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