Real estate titan Sam Zell on Tuesday said his private investment firm is continuing to scoop up distressed energy assets even as it invests less in the broader market.
"We've been investing in the oil patch and buying natural gas and some other energy-related assets. Why? Because we think they're very cheap, and in many respects, they're purchasable at huge discounts to any kind of replacement costs or future competition," the chairman of Equity Group Investments told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Crude prices are down about 55 percent from their 2014 high. The price rout, stoked by a global oil glut, has pushed nearly 80 North American companies into bankruptcy and put the entire U.S. oil patch under pressure.