New energy pricing tool needed to stave off capital starvation for energy companies

Given the high energy prices and record earnings now being reported by energy companies, access to capital should improve in 2001. Yet the public equity markets remain in a volatile state and most energy companies continue to complain about languishing stock prices.A number of public energy equity offerings, for example, have recently been reduced in size and price expectation, and some have been withdrawn altogether. In addition, bank credit for medium to small energy players remains tight.Food for thoughtDo the capital markets know something energy producers do not? Can sound energy projects be funded only by external capital as long as they are based on historical energy prices?Should ...

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