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1 . Real Options in Petroleum: An Overview
Seminar Real Options in Real Life MIT/Sloan School of Management - May 5th 2003 By: Marco Antonio Guimarães Dias Petrobras and PUC-Rio, Brazil Visit the first real options website:

2 Seminar Outline Introduction and overview of real options in upstream petroleum (exploration & production) Intuition, classical models, stochastic processes for oil prices Brazilian applications of real options in petroleum Timing of Petroleum Sector Policy (extendible options) Petrobras research program called “PRAVAP-14” Valuation of Development Projects under Uncertainties Focus on PUC-Rio projects. Investment in information, real options and revelation Combination of technical and market uncertainties Assignment questions and the spreadsheet application

3 Managerial View of Real Options (RO)
RO is a modern methodology for economic evaluation of projects and investment decisions under uncertainty RO approach complements (not substitutes) the corporate tools (yet) Corporate diffusion of RO takes time and training RO considers the uncertainties and the options (managerial flexibilities), giving two answers: The value of the investment opportunity (value of the option); and The optimal decision rule (threshold) RO can be viewed as an optimization problem: Maximize the NPV (typical objective function) subject to: (a) Market uncertainties (eg.: oil price); (b) Technical uncertainties (eg., oil in place volume); and (c) Relevant Options (managerial flexibilities)

4 When Real Options Are Valuable?
Based on the textbook “Real Options” by Copeland & Antikarov Real options are as valuable as greater are the uncertainties and the flexibility to respond Likelihood of receiving new information Low High Ability to respond Low High U n c e r t a i n t y Room for Managerial Flexibility Moderate Flexibility Value Low Flexibility Value High Flexibility Value

5 Main Petroleum Real Options and Examples
Option to Delay (Timing Option) Wait, see, learn, optimize before invest Oilfield development; wildcat drilling Abandonment Option Managers are not obligated to continue a business plan if it becomes unprofitable Sequential appraisal program can be abandoned earlier if information generated is not favorable Option to Expand the Production Depending of market scenario (oil prices, rig rates) and the petroleum reservoir behavior, new wells can be added to the production system

6 E&P as a Sequential Real Options Process
Concession: Option to Drill the Wildcat Exploratory (wildcat) Investment Oil/Gas Success Probability = p Expected Volume of Reserves = B Undelineated Field: Option to Appraise Appraisal Investment Revised Volume = B’ Delineated Undeveloped Reserves: Options to Invest in Additional Information and to Develop Development Investment Developed Reserves: Options to Expand, to Stop Temporally, and to Abandon.

7 A Simple Equation for the Development NPV
Let us use a simple equation for the net present value (NPV) in our numerical examples. We can write NPV = V – D, where: V = value of the developed reserve (PV of revenues net of OPEX & taxes) D = development investment (also in PV, is the exercise price of the option) Given a long-run expectation on oil-prices (P), how much we shall pay per barrel of developed reserve? The value of one barrel of reserve depends of many variables (permo-porosity quality, oil/gas quality, discount rate, reserve location, etc.) The relation between the value for one barrel of (sub-surface) developed reserve v and the (surface) oil price per barrel P is named the economic quality of the reserve q (because higher q means higher reserve value v) Value of one barrel of developed reserve = v = q . P Where q = economic quality of the developed reserve The developed reserve value V is v times the reserve volume (B) So, let us use the equation: NPV = V - D = q P B - D

8 NPV x P Chart and the Quality of Reserve
tangent q = q . B - D P ($/bbl) NPV (million $) Linear Equation for the NPV (“Business Model”): NPV = q P B - D NPV in function of P The quality of reserve (q) is related with the NPV line inclination. spreadsheet value

9 Intuition (1): Timing Option and Oilfiled Value
Suppose the following two-period problem and only two scenarios in the second period for oil prices P. Assume that simple equation for the oilfield development NPV: NPV = q B P - D = 0.2 x 500 x 18 – 1850 = - 50 million $ Do you sell the oilfield for US$ 4 million? 50% t = 1 t = 0 E[P+] = 19  NPV+ = + 50 million $ E[P] = 18 /bbl NPV(t=0) = - 50 million $ E[P-] = 17  NPV - = million $ Rational manager will not exercise this option  Max (NPV-, 0) = zero Hence, at t = 1, the project NPV is positive: (50% x 50) + (50% x 0) = + 25 million $

10 Intuition (2): Timing Option and Waiting Value
Assume that simple equation for the oilfield development NPV NPV = q B P - D = 0.2 x 500 x 18 – 1750 = + 50 million $ What is the best decision: develop now or “wait and see”? Discount rate = 10% 50% t = 1 t = 0 E[P+] = 19  NPV+ = million $ E[P] = 18 /bbl NPV(t=0) = + 50 million $ E[P-] = 17  NPV - = - 50 million $ Rational manager will not exercise this option  Max (NPV-, 0) = zero Hence, at t = 1, the project NPV is: (50% x 150) + (50% x 0) = + 75 million $ The present value is: NPVwait(t=0) = 75/1.1 = 68.2 > 50 Hence is better to wait and see, exercising the option only in favorable scenario

11 Intuition (3): Deep-in-the-Money Real Option
Suppose the same case but with a higher NPV. NPV = q B P - D = 0.22 x 500 x 18 – 1750 = million $ What is better: develop now or “wait and see”? Discount rate = 10% 50% t = 1 t = 0 E[P+] = 19  NPV+ = 340 million $ E[P] = 18 /bbl NPV(t=0) = 230 million $ E[P-] = 17  NPV - = 120 million $ Hence, at t = 1, the project NPV is: (50% x 340) + (50% x 120) = 230 million $ The present value is: NPVwait(t=0) = 230/1.1 = < 230 Immediate exercise is optimal because this project is deep-in-the-money (high NPV) There is a NPV between 50 and 230 that value of wait = exercise now (threshold)

12 Classical Real Options in Petroleum Model
Paddock & Siegel & Smith wrote a series of papers on valuation of offshore reserves in 80’s (published in 87/88) It is the best known model for development decisions It explores the analogy financial options with real options Uncertainty is modeled using the Geometric Brownian Motion Black-Scholes-Merton’s Financial Options Paddock, Siegel & Smith’s Real Options Financial Option Value Real Option Value of an Undeveloped Reserve (F) Current Stock Price Current Value of Developed Reserve (V) Exercise Price of the Option Investment Cost to Develop the Reserve (D) Stock Dividend Yield Cash Flow Net of Depletion as Proportion of V (d) Risk-Free Interest Rate Risk-Free Interest Rate (r) Stock Volatility Volatility of Developed Reserve Value (s) Time to Expiration of the Option Time to Expiration of the Investment Rights (t)

13 Equation of the Undeveloped Reserve (F)
Partial (t, V) Differential Equation (PDE) for the option F Parameters: V = value of developed reserve (eg., V = q P B); D = development cost; r = risk-free discount rate; d = dividend yield for V ; s = volatility of V 0.5 s2 V2 FVV + (r - d) V FV - r F = - Ft Boundary Conditions: For V = 0, F (0, t) = 0 For t = T, F (V, T) = max [V - D, 0] = max [NPV, 0] Managerial Action Is Inserted into the Model } Conditions at the Point of Optimal Early Investment For V = V*, F (V*, t) = V* - D “Smooth Pasting”, FV (V*, t) = 1

14 The Undeveloped Oilfield Value: Real Options and NPV
Assume that V = q B P, so that we can use chart F x V or F x P Suppose the development break-even (NPV = 0) occurs at US$15/bbl

15 Threshold Curve: The Optimal Decision Rule
At or above the threshold line, is optimal the immediate development. Below the line: “wait, learn and see”

16 Estimating the Model Parameters
If V = k P, we have sV = sP and dV = dP (D&P p.178. Why?) Risk-neutral Geometric Brownian: dV = (r - dV) V dt + sV V dz Volatility of long-term oil prices (~ 20% p.a.) For development decisions the value of the benefit is linked to the long-term oil prices, not the (more volatile) spot prices A good market proxy is the longest maturity contract in futures markets with liquidity (Nymex 18th month; Brent 12th month) Volatily = standard-deviation of ( Ln Pt - Ln Pt-1 ) Dividend yield (or long-term convenience yield) ~ 6% p.a. Paddock & Siegel & Smith: equation using cash-flows If V = k P, we can estimate d from oil prices futures market Pickles & Smith’s Rule (1993): r = d (in the long-run) “We suggest that option valuations use, initially, the ‘normal’ value of net convenience yield, which seems to equal approximately the risk-free nominal interest rate”

17 NYMEX-WTI Oil Prices: Spot x Futures
Note that the spot prices reach more extreme values and have more ‘nervous’ movements (more volatile) than the long-term futures prices Term Structure from Oil Futures Market

18 Stochastic Processes for Oil Prices: GBM
Like Black-Scholes-Merton equation, the classic model of Paddock et al uses the popular Geometric Brownian Motion Prices have a log-normal distribution in every future time; Expected curve is a exponential growth (or decline); In this model the variance grows with the time horizon

19 Mean-Reverting Process
In this process, the price tends to revert towards a long-run average price (or an equilibrium level) P. Model analogy: spring (reversion force is proportional to the distance between current position and the equilibrium level). In this case, variance initially grows and stabilize afterwards

20 Stochastic Processes Alternatives for Oil Prices
There are many stochastic processes models for oil prices in the real options literature. I classify them into three classes. The nice properties of Geometric Brownian Motion (few parameters, homogeneity) is a great incentive to use it in real options applications. Pindyck (1999) wrote: “the GBM assumption is unlikely to lead to large errors in the optimal investment rule”

21 Mean-Reversion + Jump: the Sample Paths
100 sample paths for mean-reversion + jumps (l = 1 jump each 5 years) Jump-Reversion Sample Paths

22 Nominal Prices for Brent and Similar Oils (1970-2003)
By using a long-term scale, we see oil prices jumps in both directions, depending on the kind of abnormal news: jumps-up in 1973/4, 1978/9, 1990, 1999, 2002; and jumps-down in 1986, 1991, 1997, 2001 Jumps-up Jumps-down

23 Mean-Reversion + Jumps: Dias & Rocha
We (Dias & Rocha, 1998/9) adapt the Merton´s (1976) jump-diffusion idea for the oil prices case, considering: Normal news cause only marginal adjustment in oil prices, modeled with the continuous-time process of mean-reversion Abnormal rare news (war, OPEC surprises, ...) cause abnormal adjustment (jumps) in petroleum prices, modeled with a Poisson process (jumps-up & jumps-down occurring in discrete-time) A similar process of mean-reversion with jumps was used by Dias for the equity design (US$ 200 million) of the Project Finance of Marlim Field (oil prices-linked spread) Win-win deal (higher oil prices  higher spread, and vice versa) Deal was in December 1998 when oil price was 10 US$/bbl The expected oil prices curve was a fast reversion towards US$ 20/bbl With the jumps possibility, we put a “collar” in the spread (cap and floor) This jumps insight was very important because few months later the oil prices jump, doubling the value in Aug/99: the cap protected Petrobras

24 Brazilian Timing Policy for the Oil Sector
The Brazilian petroleum sector opening started in 1997, breaking the Petrobras’ monopoly. For E&P case: Fiscal regime of concessions, with first-price sealed bid (like USA) Adopted the concept of extendible options (two or three periods). The time extension is conditional to additional exploratory commitment (1-3 wells), established before the bid (it is not like Antamina) The extendible feature occurred also in USA (5 + 3 years, for some areas of GoM) and in Europe (see paper of Kemna, 1993) Options with extendible maturities was studied by Longstaff (1990) for financial applications The timing for exploratory phase (time to expiration for the development rights) was object of a public debate The National Petroleum Agency posted the first project for debate in its website in February/1998, with years, time we considered too short Dias & Rocha wrote a paper on this subject, presented first in May 1998.

25 The Extendible Maturity Feature (2 Periods)
Available Options T2: Second Expiration t = 0 to T1: First Period T1: First Expiration T1 to T2: Second Period [Develop Now] or [Wait and See] [Develop Now] or [Extend (commit K)] or [Give-up (Return to Government)] T I M E [Develop Now] or [Wait and See] [Develop Now] or [Give-up (Return to Government)]

26 Extendible Option Payoff at the First Expiration
At the first expiration (T1), the firm can develop the field, or extend the option, or give-up/back to National Agency For geometric Brownian motion, the payoff at T1 is:

27 Debate of Timing of Petroleum Policy
The oil companies considered very short the time of years that appeared in the first draft by National Agency It was below the international practice mainly for deepwaters areas (e.g., USA/GoM: some areas years; others 10 years) During 1998 and part of 1999, the Director of the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) insisted in this short timing policy The numerical simulations of our paper (Dias & Rocha, 1998) concludes that the optimal timing policy should be 8 to 10 years In January 1999 we sent our paper to the notable economist, politic and ex-Minister Delfim Netto, highlighting this conclusion In April/99 (3 months before the first bid), Delfim Netto wrote an article at Folha de São Paulo (a top Brazilian newspaper) defending a longer timing policy for petroleum sector Delfim used our paper conclusions to support his view! Few days after, the ANP Director finally changed his position! Since the 1st bid most areas have 9 years. At least it’s a coincidence!

28 Alternatives Timing Policies in Dias & Rocha
The table below presents the sensibility analysis for different timing policies for the petroleum sector Option values (F) are proxy for bonus in the bid Higher thresholds (P*) means more delay for investments Longer timing means more bonus but more delay (tradeoff) Table indicates a higher % gain for option value (bonus) than a % increase in thresholds (delay) So, is reasonable to consider something between 8-10 years

29 PRAVAP-14: Some Real Options Projects
PRAVAP-14 is a systemic research program named Valuation of Development Projects under Uncertainties I coordinate this systemic project by Petrobras/E&P-Corporative I’ll present some developed real options projects: Exploratory revelation with focus in bids (pre-PRAVAP-14) Dynamic value of information for development projects Selection of mutually exclusive alternatives of development investment under oil prices uncertainty (with PUC-Rio) Analysis of alternatives of development with option to expand, considering both oil price and technical uncertainties (with PUC) We analyze different stochastic processes and solution methods Geometric Brownian, reversion + jumps, different mean-reversion models Finite differences, Monte Carlo for American options, genetic algorithms Genetic algorithms are used for optimization (thresholds curves evolution) I call this method of evolutionary real options (I have two papers on this)

30 Technical Uncertainty and Value
Technical uncertainty has zero correlation with the market portfolio, then the incremental risk-premium is zero The discount rate is the same if the project owns technical uncertainty or not, because shareholders are diversified investors However, technical uncertainty decreases both the net present value (NPV) of the project and the real options value Technical uncertainty almost surely will lead to exercise the wrong development project (plant capacity, safety standards, no of wells) The sub-optimal project generates overinvestment or underinvestment when compared with the optimal investment level that maximizes NPV or ROV Technical uncertainty can lead to exercise options when the best is not exercise the option (wait and see is better for the true value) Technical uncertainty can lead to not exercise options when the best is to exercise the option (option deep-in-the-money for the true value) Hence technical uncertainty decreases value due to sub-optimal decisions not because discount rate or “manager utility”

31 Technical Uncertainty: Threat & Opportunity
Technical uncertainty leads to the threat of sub-optimal development option exercise. But it is only one side of the coin. Technical uncertainty creates also an opportunity: generates the option to invest in information before the development decision (the learning option is valuable) Expected NPV This learning value will be captured by the real options model A gamma factor will penalize the lack of knowledge on V(B, q) We’ll use optimal development investment equation for D(B)

32 Imperfect Information or Partial Revelation Case
New information reduces technical uncertainty but usually some residual uncertainty remains (partial revelation) In this case we have three posterior distributions. For the continuous scenarios case we have infinite posterior distributions! It is much simpler to work with the unique conditional expectation distribution Soon we’ll call this conditional expectation distribution of revelation distribution

33 Conditional Expectation in Theory and Practice
Let us answer assignment question 1.b on the relevance of the conditional expectation concept for learning process valuation In the last slide we saw that is much simpler to work with the unique conditional expectation distribution than many posterior distributions Other practical advantage: expectations has a natural place in finance Firms use current expectations to calculate the NPV or the real options exercise payoff. Ex-ante the investment in information, the new expectation is conditional. The price of a derivative is simply an expectation of futures values (Tavella, 2002) The concept of conditional expectation is also theoretically sound: We want to estimate X by observing I, using a function g( I ). The most frequent measure of quality of a predictor g is its mean square error defined by MSE(g) = E[X - g( I )]2 . The choice of g* that minimizes the error measure MSE(g) is exactly the conditional expectation E[X | I ]. This is a very known property used in econometrics Even in decision analysis literature, is common to work with conditional expectation inside the maximization equation (e.g., McCardle, 1985) But instead conditional expectation properties, the focus has been likelihood function

34 Information Revelation & Revelation Distribution
How model the technical uncertainty evolution after one or more (sequential) investment in information? The process of accumulating data about a technical parameter is a learning process towards the “truth” about this parameter It suggests the names of information revelation and revelation distribution A similar but not equal concept is the “revelation principle” in Bayesian games that addresses the truth on a type of player. Here the aim is revelation of the truth on a technical parameter value When evaluating an investment in information project, the conditional expectation of the parameter X is itself a random variable E[X | I] The distribution of conditional expectations E[X | I] is named here revelation distribution, that is, the distribution of RX = E[X | I] The revelation distribution has nice practical properties (4 propositions) We will use the revelation distribution in Monte Carlo simulations, in order to combine with other sources of uncertainties into a risk-neutral framework The revelation distribution is itself a risk-neutral distribution because technical uncertainty doesn’t demand risk-premium. So, it doesn’t require risk adjustment

35 E&P Process and Options
Oil/Gas Success Probability = p Drill the wildcat (pioneer)? Wait? Extend? Revelation: additional waiting incentives Expected Volume of Reserves = B Revised Volume = B’ Appraisal phase: delineation of reserves Technical uncertainty: sequential options Delineated but Undeveloped Reserves. “Wait and See”? Extend the option? Invest in information? Develop? Developed Reserves. Expand the production? Stop Temporally? Abandon?

36 Technical Uncertainty in New Basins
Consider a low-explored basin, where many different oil companies will invest in wildcat drilling and seismic along the next years Information for a specific exploration project (prospect) can be costly (our investment) or free, from the other firms investment (free-rider) . Investment in information (wildcat drilling, etc.) Investment in information (costly and as free-rider) Today technical and economic valuation t = 0 t = 1 Possible scenarios after the information arrived during the first year of option term t = T Possible scenarios after the information arrived during the option lease term Revelation Distribution The arrival of information process leverage the option value of a tract

37 Valuation of Exploratory Prospect
Suppose that the firm has 5 years option to drill the wildcat Other firm wants to buy the rights of the tract for $ 3 million $. Do you sell? How valuable is the prospect? 25 million $ (IW = wildcat investment) 20% (CF = chance factor) Dry Hole “Compact Tree” Success E[B] = 150 million barrels (expected reserve size) E[q] = 20% (expected quality of developed reserve) P(t = 0) = US$ 20/bbl (long-run expected price at t = 0) D(E[B]) = (2 . E[B])  D(E[B]) = 500 million $  NPV = q P B - D = (20% ) = MM$ However, there is only 20% chances to find petroleum EMV = Expected Monetary Value = - IW + (CF . NPV)   EMV = (20% . 100) = - 5 million $ Do you sell the prospect rights for any offer?

38 Monte Carlo Combination of Uncertainties
Considering that: (a) there are a lot of uncertainties in that low known basin; and (b) many oil companies will drill wildcats in that area in the next 5 years: The expectations in 5 years almost surely will change and so the prospect value The revelation distributions and the risk-neutral distribution for oil prices are: Revelation Distributions

39 A Visual Equation for Real Options
Today the prospect´s EMV is negative, but there is 5 years for wildcat decision and new scenarios will be revealed by the exploratory investment in that basin. + = Prospect Evaluation (in million $) Traditional Value = - 5 Options Value (at T) = Options Value (at t=0) = + 7.6 So, refuse the $ 3 million offer!

40 E&P Process and Options
Oil/Gas Success Probability = p Drill the wildcat (pioneer)? Wait? Extend? Revelation: additional waiting incentives Expected Volume of Reserves = B Revised Volume = B’ Appraisal phase: delineation of reserves Technical uncertainty: sequential options Delineated but Undeveloped Reserves. “Wait and See”? Invest in information? Develop? Developed Reserves. Expand the production? Stop Temporally? Abandon?

41 Investment in Information & Reduction of Uncertainty
The intuitive managerial main objective of an investment in information is to reduce the technical uncertainty (learning) By the benefit side, the quality of a project of investment in information is related with its revelation power, that is, the capacity to reduce uncertainty with this learning project A more expensive alternative of investment in information can be more valuable (or not) if it has a higher revelation power We need a model that quantifies the value to reduce uncertainty in a simple way We need to distinguish the benefits of mutually exclusive learning projects Can we link the expected reduction of uncertainty with the dispersion (variance) of the conditional expectation distribution? The answer is yes and in a very simple manner! A simple link is performed by our Proposition 3 (the paper main contribution): the expected reduction of variance is equal the variance of revelation distribution As the volatility, the variance of revelation distribution enhances the real option value playing a key role in the dynamic value of information. We’ll see soon.

42 The Revelation Distribution Properties
Full revelation definition: when new information reveal all the truth about a technical parameter X, we have full revelation Much more common is the partial revelation case, but full revelation is important as the limit goal for any investment in information process The revelation distributions RX (or conditional expectations distributions) have at least 4 nice properties for modeling: Proposition 1: for the full revelation case, the distribution of revelation RX is equal to the prior (unconditional) distribution of X (RX in the limit) Proposition 2: The expected value for the revelation distribution is equal the expected value of the original (prior) distribution That is: E[E[X | I ]] = E[RX] = E[X] (known as law of iterated expectations) Proposition 3: the variance of the revelation distribution is equal to the expected reduction of variance induced by the new information Var[E[X | I ]] = Var[RX] = Var[X] - E[Var[X | I ]] = Expected Variance Reduction (this property reports the revelation power of a learning project) Proposition 4: In a sequential investment process, the ex-ante sequential revelation distributions {RX,1, RX,2, RX,3, …} are (event-driven) martingales In short, ex-ante these random variables have the same mean

43 Investment in Information x Revelation Propositions
Suppose the following stylized case of investment in information in order to get intuition on the propositions Only one well was drilled, proving 100 MM bbl (MM = million) a b d c Area a : proved Ba = 100 MM bbl Area b: possible 50% chances of Bb = 100 MM bbl & 50% of nothing Area d: possible Bd = 100 MM bbl Area c: possible Bc = 100 MM bbl Suppose there are three alternatives of investment in information (with different revelation powers): (1) drill one well (area b); (2) drill two wells (areas b + c); (3) drill three wells (b + c + d)

44 Alternative 0 and the Total Technical Uncertainty
Alternative Zero: Not invest in information This case there is only a single scenario, the current expectation So, we run economics with the expected value for the reserve B: E(B) = (0.5 x 100) + (0.5 x 100) + (0.5 x 100) E(B) = 250 MM bbl But the true value of B can be as low as 100 and as higher as 400 MM bbl. Hence, the total uncertainty is large. Without learning, after the development you find one of the values: 100 MM bbl with % chances (= ) 200 MM bbl with 37,5 % chances (= 3 x ) 300 MM bbl with 37,5 % chances 400 MM bbl with 12,5 % chances The variance of this prior distribution is 7500 (million bbl)2

45 Alternative 1: Invest in Information with Only One Well
Suppose that we drill only the well in the area b. This case generated 2 scenarios, because the well b result can be either dry (50% chances) or success proving more 100 MM bbl In case of positive revelation (50% chances) the expected value is: E1[B|A1] = (0.5 x 100) + (0.5 x 100) = 300 MM bbl In case of negative revelation (50% chances) the expected value is: E2[B|A1] = (0.5 x 100) + (0.5 x 100) = 200 MM bbl Note that with the alternative 1 is impossible to reach extreme scenarios like 100 MM bbl or 400 MM bbl (its revelation power is not sufficient) So, the expected value of the revelation distribution is: EA1[RB] = 50% x E1(B|A1) % x E2(B|A1) = 250 million bbl = E[B] As expected by Proposition 2 And the variance of the revealed scenarios is: VarA1[RB] = 50% x ( )2 + 50% x ( )2 = 2500 (MM bbl)2 Let us check if the Proposition 3 was satisfied

46 Alternative 1: Invest in Information with Only One Well
In order to check the Proposition 3, we need to calculated the expected reduction of variance with the alternative A1 The prior variance was calculated before (7500). The posterior variance has two cases for the well b outcome: In case of success in b, the residual uncertainty in this scenario is: 200 MM bbl with 25 % chances (in case of no oil in c and d) 300 MM bbl with 50 % chances (in case of oil in c or d) 400 MM bbl with 25 % chances (in case of oil in c and d) The negative revelation case is analog: can occur 100 MM bbl (25% chances); 200 MM bbl (50%); and 300 MM bbl (25%) The residual variance in both scenarios are 5000 (MM bbl)2 So, the expected variance of posterior distribution is also 5000 So, the expected reduction of uncertainty with the alternative A1 is: 7500 – 5000 = 2500 (MM bbl)2 Equal variance of revelation distribution(!), as expected by Proposition 3

47 Visualization of Revealed Scenarios: Revelation Distribution
All the revelation distributions have the same mean (maringale): Prop. 4 OK! This is exactly the prior distribution of B (Prop. 1 OK!)

48 Posterior Distribution x Revelation Distribution
Assignment question 1.a: Higher volatility, higher option value. Why learn? Reduction of technical uncertainty Increase the variance of revelation distribution (and so the option value) Distributions of conditional expectations

49 Revelation Distribution, Experts, and NPV
This approach presents a practical way to ask the technical expert in order to evaluate an investment in information: What is the initial uncertainty on each relevant technical parameter? That is, the mean and variance of the prior distribution By proposition 1, the variance of the prior distribution is the variance limit for the revelation distribution generated by any learning process By proposition 2, the revelation distribution generated by any investment in information project has the same mean of the prior distribution For each alternative of investment in information (learning project), what is the expected reduction of variance (revelation power)? By proposition 3, this is also the variance of the revelation distribution Revelation power can be expressed in percentage of variance reduction Now considere again the simple equation NPV = V - D = q B P - D We’ll combine technical uncertainties on q and B with oil price (P) uncertainty After an information revelation, assume that the optimal capacity choice is function only of the reserve volume: D(B) = Fixed Cost + Variable Cost x B The capacity constrain makes E[q B] < E[q] E[B] . The factor g corrects it.

50 Sub-Optimal Capacity and the Penalty Factor
If the reserve is larger (and/or more productive) than expected, with the limited processing plant capacity the reserves will be produced slowly than with optimal capacity, i.e., E[V] < E[q] E[B] P in this case. A penalty factor g can be estimated by running a reservoir simulation with limited process capacity and calculating the present value of V. The NPV with technical uncertainty is penalized using a Monte Carlo simulation and the equations: NPV = q P B - D(B) if q B = E[q] E[B] NPV = V + gup (Vu, i - V) - D(B) if q B > E[q] E[B] NPV = q P B - D(B) if q B < E[q] E[B] Here is assumed gdown = 1 and 0 < gup < 1 OBS: Vu = gup Vu, i + (1 - gup) V and V = E[q] E[B] P

51 Real x Risk-Neutral Simulation
Simulation paths for the geometric Brownian motion: one using the real drift (a) and the other risk-neutral drift (r - d). It is easy to show that the risk-neutral drift r - d = a - p where p is the risk-premium The simulation equations are:

52 Oil Price Process x Revelation Process
Let us answer the assignment question 1.c Oil price (and other market uncertainties) evolves continually along the time and it is non-controllable by oil companies (non-OPEC) Revelation distributions occur as result of events (investment in information) in discrete points along the time For exploration of new basins sometimes the revelation of information from other firms can be relevant (free-rider), but it occurs also in discrete-time In many cases (appraisal phase) only our investment in information is relevant and it is totally controllable by us (activate by management) In short, every day the oil prices changes, but our expectation about the reserve size will change only when an investment in information is performed  so this expectation can remain the same for months/years! Inv Inv P E[B] Jump to MC slide

53 The Normalized Threshold and Valuation
Assignment question 1.d is about valuation under optimization Recall that the development option is optimally exercised at the threshold V*, when V is suficiently higher than D Exercise the option only if the project is “deep-in-the-money” Assume the optimal investment D as a linear function of B and independent of q: D(B) = x B (in millions $) This means that if B varies, the exercise price D of our option also varies, and so the threshold V*. Relevant computational time to calculate V* for different values of D We need perform a Monte Carlo simulation to combine the uncertainties after an information revelation. After each B sampling, it is necessary to calculate the new threshold curve V*(t) to see if the project value V = q P B is deep-in-the money In order to reduce the computational time, we work with the normalized threshold (V/D)*. Why?

54 Normalized Threshold and Valuation
We will perform the valuation considering the optimal exercise at the normalized threshold level (V/D)* After each Monte Carlo simulation combining the revelation distributions of q and B with the risk-neutral simulation of P We calculate V = q P B and D(B), so V/D, and compare with (V/D)* Advantage: (V/D)* is homogeneous of degree 0 in V and D. This means that the rule (V/D)* remains valid for any V and D So, for any revealed scenario of B, changing D, the rule (V/D)* holds This was proved only for geometric Brownian motion (V/D)*(t) changes only if the risk-neutral stochastic process parameters r, d, s change. But these factors don’t change at Monte Carlo simulation The computational time of using (V/D)* is much lower than V* The vector (V/D)*(t) is calculated only once, whereas V*(t) needs be re-calculated every iteration in the Monte Carlo simulation. V* is a time-consuming calculus

55 Combination of Uncertainties in Real Options
The simulated sample paths are checked with the threshold V/D* NPVdev = q B P - D A B F(t = 2) = 0 Expired Worthless Option F(t = 1) = V - D F(t = 0) = = F(t=1) * exp (- r*t) Present Value (t = 0) Jump to Conclusions?

56 Best Alternative of Investment in Information
Given the set k = {0, 1, 2… K} of alternatives (k = 0 means not invest in information) the best k* is the one that maximizes Wk Where Wk is the value of real option included the cost/benefit from the investment in information with the alternative k (learning cost Ck, time to learn tk), given by: Where EQ is the expectation under risk-neutral measure, which is evaluated with Monte Carlo simulation, and t* is the optimal exercise time (stopping time). For the path i:

57 Overall x Phased Development
Assignment question 1.e is about two alternatives Overall development has higher NPV due to the gain from scale Phased development has higher capacity to use the information along the time, but lower NPV With the information revelation from Phase 1, we can optimize the project for the Phase 2 In addition, depending of the oil price scenario and other market and technical conditions, we can not exercise the Phase 2 option The oil prices can change the decision for Phased development, but not for the Overall development alternative The valuation is similar to the previously presented Only by running the simulations is possible to compare the higher NPV versus higher flexibility

58 Spreadsheet Application
Assignment Part 2 Let us see the spreadsheet timing_inv_inf-hqr.xls It permits to choose the best alternative of investment in information (and check if is better to invest in information or not) It calculates the dynamic net value of information timing_inv_inf-hqr.xls

59 E&P Process and Options
Oil/Gas Success Probability = p Drill the wildcat? Wait? Extend? Revelation, option-game: waiting incentives Expected Volume of Reserves = B Revised Volume = B’ Appraisal phase: delineation of reserves Technical uncertainty: sequential options Delineated but Undeveloped Reserves. Wait and See? Invest in information? Develop? What is the best alternative? Developed Reserves. Expand the production? Stop Temporally? Abandon?

60 Selection of Alternatives under Uncertainty
In the equation for the developed reserve value V = q P B, the economic quality of reserve (q) gives also an idea of how fast the reserve volume will produce. For a given reserve, if we drill more wells the reserve will be depleted faster, increasing the present value of revenues Higher number of wells  higher q  higher V However, higher number of wells  higher development cost D For the equation NPV = q P B - D, there is a trade off between q and D, when selecting the system capacity (number of wells, the platform process capacity, pipeline diameter, etc.) For the alternative “j” with n wells, we get NPVj = qj P B - Dj Hence, an important investment decision is: How select the best one from a set of mutually exclusive alternatives? Or, What is the best intensity of investment for a specific oilfield? I follow the paper of Dixit (1993), but considering finite-lived options.

61 The Best Alternative at Expiration (Now or Never)
The chart below presents the “now-or-never” case for three alternatives. In this case, the NPV rule holds (choose the higher one). Alternatives: A1(D1, q1); A2(D1, q1); A3(D3, q3), with D1 < D2 < D3 and q1 < q2 < q3 Hence, the best alternative depends on the oil price P. However, P is uncertain!

62 The Best Alternative Before the Expiration
Imagine that we have t years before the expiration and in addition the long-run oil prices follow the geometric Brownian We can calculate the option curves for the three alternatives, drawing only the upper real option curve (in this case A2), as presented below. The decision rule is: If P < P*2 , “wait and see” Alone, A1 can be even deep-in-the-money, but wait for A2 is more valuable If P = P*2 , invest now with A2 Wait is not more valuable If P > P*2 , invest now with the higher NPV alternative (A2 or A3 ) Depending of P, exercise A2 or A3 How about the decision rule along the time? (thresholds curve) Let us see a software from PRAVAP-14

63 Threshold Curves for Three Alternatives
There are regions of wait and see and others that the immediate investment is optimal for each alternative Investments D3 > D2 > D1

64 E&P Process and Options
Oil/Gas Success Probability = p Drill the wildcat? Wait? Extend? Revelation, option-game: waiting incentives Expected Volume of Reserves = B Revised Volume = B’ Appraisal phase: delineation of reserves Technical uncertainty: sequential options Delineated but Undeveloped Reserves. Develop? Wait and See? Extend the option? Invest in additional information? Developed Reserves. Expand the production? Stop Temporally? Abandon?

65 Option to Expand the Production
Analyzing a large ultra-deepwater project in Campos Basin, Brazil, we faced two problems: Remaining technical uncertainty of reservoirs is still important. In this specific case, the best way to solve the uncertainty is not by drilling additional appraisal wells. It’s better see the initial production profile. In the preliminary development plan, some wells presented both reservoir risk and small NPV. Some wells with small positive NPV (are not “deep-in-the-money”) Depending of the information from the initial production, some wells could be not necessary or could be placed at the wrong location. Solution: leave these wells as optional wells Buy flexibility with an additional investment in the production system: platform with capacity to expand (free area and load) It permits a fast and low cost future integration of these wells The exercise of the option to drill the additional wells will depend of both market (oil prices, rig costs) and the production profile response

66 Modeling the Option to Expand
Define the quantity of wells “deep-in-the-money” to start the basic investment in development Define the maximum number of optional wells Define the timing (accumulated production) that reservoir information will be revealed and the revelation distributions Define for each revealed scenario the marginal production of each optional well as function of time. Consider the secondary depletion if we wait after learn about reservoir Add market uncertainty (stochastic process for oil prices) Combine uncertainties using Monte Carlo simulation Use an optimization method to consider the earlier exercise of the option to drill the wells, and calculate option value Monte Carlo for American options is a growing research area Many Petrobras-PUC projects use Monte Carlo for American options

67 Secondary Depletion Effect: A Complication
With the main area production, occurs a slow oil migration from the optional wells areas toward the depleted main area optional wells petroleum reservoir (top view) and the grid of wells oil migration (secondary depletion) It is like an additional opportunity cost to delay the exercise of the option to expand. So, the effect of secondary depletion is like the effect of dividend yield

68 Oilfield Development with Option to Expand
The timeline below represents a case analyzed in PUC-Rio project, with time to build of 3 years and information revelation with 1 year of accumulated prodution The practical “now-or-never” is because many times the effect of secondary depletion is relevant The oil migrates from the original area so that the exercise of the option gradually become less probable (decreasing NPV) In addition, distant exercise of the option has small present value Recall the expenses to embed flexibility occur between t = 0 and t = 3

69 Conclusions The real options models in petroleum bring a rich framework to consider optimal investment under uncertainty, recognizing the managerial flexibilities Traditional discounted cash flow (DCF) is very limited and can induce to serious errors in negotiations and decisions We saw the classical model, working with the intuition and real options toolkit We see different stochastic processes and other models I gave an idea about the real options research at Petrobras and PUC-Rio We worked more in models of value of information combining technical uncertainties with market uncertainty The model using the revelation distribution gives the correct incentives for investment in information Thank you very much for your time

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71 When Real Options Are Valuable?
Flexibility (real options) value greatest when: High uncertainty about the future Very likely to receive relevant new information over time. Information can be costly (investment in information) or free . High room for managerial flexibility Allows management to respond appropriately to this new information (eg., better fitted development investment; to expand or to contract the project; etc.) Projects with NPV around zero Flexibility to change course is more likely to be used and therefore is more valuable The next chart, real options value (F) versus the oil price (P), illustrates this point for the option to wait “Under these conditions, the difference between real options analysis and other decision tools is substantial” Tom Copeland

72 Estimating the Model Parameters
How to estimate the value of underlying asset V? Transactions in the developed reserves market (USA) v = value of one barrel of developed reserve (stochastic); V = v B where B is the reserve volume (number of barrels); v is ~ proportional to petroleum prices P, that is, v = q P ; For q = 1/3 we have the “one-third rule of thumb”; Let us call q = economic quality of the developed reserve The developed reserve value V is an increasing function of q Discounted cash flow estimate of V, that is: NPV = V - D  V = NPV + D It is possible to work with the entire cash-flows, but we can simplify this job identifying the main sources of value for V For fiscal regime of concessions the chart NPV x P is a straight line, so that we can assume that V is proportional to P Let us write the value V = q P B or NPV = q P B - D

73 Geometric Brownian Motion Simulation
The real simulation of a GBM uses the real drift a. The price P at future time (t + 1), given the current value Pt is given by: Pt+1 = Pt exp{ (a s2) Dt + s N(0, 1) } But for a derivative F(P) like the real option to develop an oilfiled, we need the risk-neutral simulation (assume the market is complete) The risk-neutral simulation of a GBM uses the risk-neutral drift a’ = r - d . Why? Because by supressing a risk-premium from the real drift a we get r - d. Proof: Total return r = r + p (where p is the risk-premium, given by CAPM) But total return is also capital gain rate plus dividend yield: r = a + d Hence, a + d = r + p  a - p = r - d So, we use the risk-neutral equation below to simulate P Pt+1 = Pt exp{ (r - d s2) Dt + s N(0, 1) }

74 The Options and Payoffs for Both Periods Using Mean-Reversion with Jumps
Options Charts Period T2: Second Expiration t = 0 to T1: First Period T1: First Expiration T1 to T2: Second Period T I M E

75 Comparing Jump-Reversion with GBM
Jump-reversion points lower thresholds for longer maturity The threshold discontinuity near of T2 is due the behavior of d, that can be negative for lower values of P: d = r - h( P - P) A necessary condition for early exercise of American option is d > 0

76 Technical Uncertainty and Risk Reduction
Technical uncertainty decreases when efficient investments in information are performed (learning process). Suppose a new basin with large geological uncertainty. It is reduced by the exploratory investment of the whole industry The “cone of uncertainty” (Amram & Kulatilaka) can be adapted to understand the technical uncertainty: Higher Risk Lower Risk confidence interval Expected Value Expected Value Lack of Knowledge Trunk of Cone Project evaluation with additional information (t = T) Risk reduction by the investment in information of all firms in the basin (driver is the investment, not directly by the passage of time) Current project evaluation (t=0)

77 Technical Uncertainty and Revelation
The consequence of an investment in information project are: Risk reduction process (learning) towards the truth (revelation process) and revision of expectations leading a revision of decisions. The lack of knowledge trunk of cone illustrates these issues confidence interval Current project value (t=0) Investment in Information Project value after new information Value with neutral revelation E[V] Value with good revelation Value with bad revelation Lack of Knowledge Trunk of Cone

78 Dynamic Value of Information & Model Issues
Value of Information has been studied by decision analysis theory. Here it is extended with real options tools I call dynamic value of information. Why dynamic? Because the model takes into account the factor time: Continuous-time process for the market uncertainties (P and in D) interacting with the expectations on technical parameters; Time to learn: the learning process takes time to gather and process data, revealing new expectations on technical parameters; and Time to expiration for the rights to commit the development plan When analysing a set of alternatives of investment in information, are considered also the learning cost and the revelation power for each alternative (or project) Revelation power is the capacity to reduce the variance of technical uncertainty (= variance of revelation distribution by the Proposition 3)

79 Oil Drilling Bayesian Game (Dias, 1997)
Oil exploration: with two or few oil companies exploring a basin, can be important to consider the waiting game of drilling Two companies X and Y with neighbor tracts and correlated oil prospects: drilling reveal information If Y drills and the oilfield is discovered, the success probability for X’s prospect increases dramatically. If Y drilling gets a dry hole, this information is also valuable for X. In this case the effect of the competitor presence is to increase the value of waiting to invest Company X tract Company Y tract

80 Two Sequential Learning: Schematic Tree
Two sequential investment in information (wells “B” and “C”): Invest Well “B” Invest Well “C” Posterior Scenarios Revelation Scenarios NPV { 400 300 350 (with 25% chances) 300 50% 50% { 50% 300 200 250 (with 50% chances) 100 50% 50% 50% { 200 100 150 (with 25% chances) - 200 The upper branch means good news, whereas the lower one means bad news

81 Visual FAQ’s on Real Options: 9
Is possible real options theory to recommend investment in a negative NPV project? Answer: yes, mainly sequential options with investment revealing new informations Example: exploratory oil prospect (Dias 1997) Suppose a “now or never” option to drill a wildcat Static NPV is negative and traditional theory recommends to give up the rights on the tract Real options will recommend to start the sequential investment, and depending of the information revealed, go ahead (exercise more options) or stop

82 Sequential Options (Dias, 1997)
“Compact Decision-Tree” Note: in million US$ ( Developed Reserves Value ) ( Appraisal Investment: 3 wells ) ( Development Investment ) EMV = [20% x ( )]  EMV = - 5 MM$ ( Wildcat Investment ) Traditional method, looking only expected values, undervaluate the prospect (EMV = - 5 MM US$): There are sequential options, not sequential obligations; There are uncertainties, not a single scenario.

83 Sequential Options and Uncertainty
Suppose that each appraisal well reveal 2 scenarios (good and bad news) development option will not be exercised by rational managers option to continue the appraisal phase will not be exercised by rational managers

84 Option to Abandon the Project
Assume it is a “now or never” option If we get continuous bad news, is better to stop investment Sequential options turns the EMV to a positive value The EMV gain is (- 5) = $ 8.25 being: $ stopping development $ stopping appraisal $ total EMV gain (Values in millions)

85 Economic Quality of the Developed Reserve
Imagine that you want to buy 100 million barrels of developed oil reserves. Suppose a long run oil price is 20 US$/bbl. How much you shall pay for the barrel of developed reserve? One reserve in the same country, water depth, oil quality, OPEX, etc., is more valuable than other if is possible to extract faster (higher productivity index, higher quantity of wells) A reserve located in a country with lower fiscal charge and lower risk, is more valuable (eg., USA x Angola) As higher is the percentual value for the reserve barrel in relation to the barrel oil price (on the surface), higher is the economic quality: value of one barrel of reserve = v = q . P Where q = economic quality of the developed reserve The value of the developed reserve is v times the reserve size (B)

86 Monte Carlo Simulation of Uncertainties
Simulation will combine uncertainties (technical and market) for the equation of option exercise: NPV(t)dyn = q . B . P(t) - D(B) Parameter Distribution Values (example) Economic Quality of the Developed Reserve (q) (only at t = trevelation) Minimum = 10% Most Likely = 15% Maximum = 20% Reserve Size (B) (only at t = trevelation) (in million of barrels) Minimum = 300 Most Likely = 500 Maximum = 700 Oil Price (P) ($/bbl) (from t = 0 until t = T) Mean = 18 US$/bbl Standard-Deviation: changes with the time In the case of oil price (P) is performed a risk-neutral simulation of its stochastic process, because P(t) fluctuates continually along the time

87 Real Options Evaluation by Simulation + Threshold Curve
Before the information revelation, V/D changes due the oil prices P (recall V = qPB and NPV = V – D). With revelation on q and B, the value V jumps. A Option F(t = 5.5) = V - D B F(t = 8) = 0 Expires Worthless F(t = 0) = = F(t=5.5) * exp (- r*t) Present Value (t = 0)

88 Mean-Reversion + Jumps for Oil Prices
Adopted in the Marlim Project Finance (equity modeling) a mean-reverting process with jumps: where: (the probability of jumps) The jump size/direction are random: f ~ 2N In case of jump-up, prices are expected to double OBS: E(f)up = ln2 = In case of jump-down, prices are expected to halve OBS: ln(½) = - ln2 = (jump size)

89 Equation for Mean-Reversion + Jumps
The interpretation of the jump-reversion equation is: discrete process (jumps) continuous (diffusion) process variation of the stochastic variable for time interval dt uncertainty from the continuous-time process (reversion) { { uncertainty from the discrete-time process (jumps) mean-reversion drift: positive drift if P < P negative drift if P > P

90 Example in E&P with the Options Lens
In a negotiation, important mistakes can be done if we don´t consider the relevant options Consider two marginal oilfields, with 100 million bbl, both non-developed and both with NPV = - 3 millions in the current market conditions The oilfield A has a time to expiration for the rights of only 6 months, while for the oilfield B this time is of 3 years Cia X offers US 1 million for the rights of each oilfield. Do you accept the offer? With the static NPV, these fields have no value and even worse, we cannot see differences between these two fields It is intuitive that these rights have value due the uncertainty and the option to wait for better conditions. Today the NPV is negative, but there are probabilities for the NPV become positive in the future In addition, the field B is more valuable (higher option) than the field A

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