Nearly Half Colombia Oil Companies At Risk Of Insolvency -Watchdog

Forty-three percent of companies in Colombia's oil sector are at high risk of going bankrupt as the industry reels from the recent halving of oil prices, according to a survey presented to the Andean country's congress this week, Reuters reported. The survey by the Colombia's companies' regulator polled 53 companies with total assets of about $10 billion but it did not include state-run oil producer Ecopetrol or two Toronto-listed companies, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp and Canacol Energy Ltd. The regulator did not say why those three companies were excluded, but they are some of the largest operators in Colombia and publicly listed. All of the companies surveyed that were not at high risk of bankruptcy were ranked medium risk, while none were classified as low risk. Two surveyed firms were later excluded from the results after entering liquidation. Colombia is Latin America's fourth-biggest oil producer with production of about 1 million barrels per day. Read more.