Over the past nine months, the decline in the price of oil, as well as the decline in the stock prices of many energy and energy-related service companies, has caused a great deal of uncertainty for investors. The big fear among many investors today is that the U.S. energy industry will experience a repeat of the 1986 oil crash, which lasted a decade in North America. We believe it is the fear of this “repeat” that has brought many energy company valuations down to levels we have not seen since that time.

Our research and analysis will show:

• Spare capacity throughout today’s energy markets is significantly different than in past cycles.

• If you look out over the next few years, the energy market appears to be much tighter than the general investing public believes.

• In our opinion, the fear of a prolonged disaster scenario for the energy sector is overblown and largely discounted in current stock prices, presenting an opportunity for very attractive returns in many energy-related companies.

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