Energean plc announces revised terms of Edison E&P acquisition deal
Energean plc, the oil and gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, issues an update on its Edison E&P transaction and revised group guidance.
Further to the announcement on 19 May 2020, Energean is pleased to announce that it has entered into further amended terms for its acquisition of Edison E&P following which, inter alia, the Norwegian subsidiary will be formally excluded from the transaction perimeter. Combined with the previously announced exclusion of the Algerian asset, $466 million of total reductions to the original consideration1 have now been agreed. Had completion occurred on 31 May 2020, the net consideration payable for the transaction would have been $178 million.
- The gross consideration for the transaction is now $284 million, which compares to the original sum of $750 million.
- The combined amendments to the original Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) will, inter alia, result in a $466 million reduction to the gross consideration1 . This includes:
- $155 million reduction relating to the exclusion of the Algerian asset from the transaction perimeter;
- $200 million reduction relating to exclusion of the Norwegian subsidiary from the transaction perimeter; and
- $111 million of additional reductions relating to the macro environment.
- The net consideration payable on completion at 31 May 2020, which would have taken into account 17 months of business results since the locked-box date of the transaction, would have been $178 million. Energean does not expect this number to change materially.
- The UK North Sea subsidiaries, which includes interests in the large Glengorm and Isabella gas-condensate discoveries, will now be retained within the perimeter of the transaction, further supplementing the growth potential of the enlarged group.
- The $100 million Cassiopea contingent payment will now vary between $0 and $100 million, depending on future Italian gas prices at the point in time at which first gas production is delivered from the field.
- Mathios Rigas, Chief Executive, Energean commented:
- “We are pleased to have agreed revised terms for our acquisition of Edison E&P, which will now exclude the Algerian assets and Norwegian subsidiary, and for which we have agreed $466 million of total reductions to the original consideration. I look forward to completing the transaction, which I believe represents excellent value for our shareholders and also enhances our material, gas-focused platform for value creation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Upon completion, our core focus, alongside the Karish project, will be integrating our teams and portfolios, which will further secure our long-term, resilient cash flow profile and option-rich portfolio.
- “Following completion, around 70% of our production will be sold under long-term gas sales agreements that insulate our future revenues against oil price volatility. We will continue to own and operate the majority of our asset base, and are well-funded for all of our projects.
- Our financial and operational positioning will ensure that we can continue to grow the business but also respond quickly and appropriately to changes in the macro environment, if needed, to protect our business and our shareholders.”
(Source: Energean plc)