Gary X. Ashton

Gary X. Ashton

  • • 3+ years experience writing about the oil industry and oil markets
  • • 5+ years experience advising and consulting oil companies
  • • 10+ years experience analyzing oil and gas companies across EMEA


Gary is an experienced oil and gas analyst and consultant across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Gary worked for many years as an oil and gas analyst, exploring how companies generate returns for investors and examined if they were financially healthy enough to repay creditors. He also has experience advising and consulting oil and gas companies how to efficiently manage their balance sheets to reduce borrowing costs and explored ways to maximize internally generated cashflows and achieve the best possible net present values (NPV) on future projects.


Gary has a bachelor's degree in economics.

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"I most enjoy helping people understand and analyze the industries, companies and commodities into which they want to make a long-term investment."

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