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EOG Resources, Inc. (SWOT Analysis) - May 2013

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“SWOT is an acronym for the internal Strengths and Weaknesses of a firm and the environmental Opportunities and Threats facing that firm. SWOT analysis is a widely used technique through which managers create a quick overview of a company’s strategic situation. The technique is based on the assumption that an effective strategy derives from a sound “fit” between a firm’s internal resources (strengths and weaknesses) and its external situation (opportunities and threats). A good fit maximizes a firm’s strengths and opportunities and minimizes its weaknesses and threats. Accurately applied, this simple assumption has powerful implications for the design of a successful strategy.”

EOG Resources, Inc. 

EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG or the company) explores for, develops, produces, and markets natural gas and crude oil in major producing basins in the US, Canada, offshore Trinidad, the UK, China, and Argentina. It is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employed about 2,650 people as on December 31, 2012.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Location of Factor






  • Largest oil producer in the Eagle Ford shale Concentrated operations play
  • Low-cost operator
  • Strong organic crude oil production growth


  • Concentrated operations
  • Dependence on third parties for services
  • Lack of retail operations



  • Shifting to liquids-focused portfolio
  • Increasing demand for crude-by-rail services


  • Highly volatile prices
  • Highly regulated industry
  • Intense competition
  • Risks associated with international operations
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