The global mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and raising activity in the upstream oil and gas sector totaled US$130.5bn in Q2 2019. This was a substantial increase from the US$27.8bn in Q1 2019. On the volume front, the number of deals decreased marginally from 316 in Q1 2019 to 315 in Q2 2019, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Praveen Kumar Karnati, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, commented: “A total of 107 M&A deals, with a combined value of US$21.1bn, were recorded in the conventional segment, and 44 deals, with a combined value of US$62.3bn, were recorded in the unconventional segment in Q2 2019.”
Capital raising, through equity offerings, witnessed a substantial increase in deal value, recording US$13bn in Q2 2019, compared with US$1.5bn in Q1 2019. The number of equity offering deals also increased by 19 percent from 88 in Q1 2019 to 105 deals in Q2 2019.
Capital raising, through debt offerings, registered an increase of 48% in the number of deals and 62% in deal value with 49 deals, with a combined value of US$28.8bn, in Q2 2019, compared with 33 deals, with a combined value of US$17.8bn, in the previous quarter. In the upstream industry in Q2 2019, 10 private equity/venture capital deals, with a combined value of US$5.3 billion, were recorded, compared with 16 deals, with a combined value of US$1.3bn, in Q1 2019.
Karnati continues: “The top M&A deal of Q2 2019 was Occidental Petroleum’s acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum for US$55bn, including the assumption of Anadarko’s debt. As of year-end 2018, the company had proven (1P) reserves of approximately 667 million barrels (mmbbl) of oil, 268 mmbbl of natural gas liquids (NGLs), and 3,230 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas. In 2018, the company had production of approximately 140 mmbbl of oil, 38 mmbbl of NGLs, and 390 bcf of gas. The transaction implies values of US$82,613.17 per boe of daily production and US$37.33 per boe of 1P reserves.”
One of the top capital raising deals of Q2 2019 was Occidental Petroleum’s agreement to issue 100,000 shares of cumulative perpetual preferred shares, at a price of US$100,000 per share, to raise gross proceeds of US$10bn. The shares will be subscribed to by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The preferred stock will accrue dividends at 8 percent per annum (or with respect to dividends that are accrued and unpaid, 9 percent).
Occidental Petroleum will also issue warrants to purchase up to 80 million shares of Occidental common stock at an exercise price of US$62.5 per share. The warrant to be issued with the preferred stock may be exercised in whole or in part and from time to time, until one year after the redemption of the preferred stock. The placement is contingent upon Occidental entering and completing its proposed acquisition of Anadarko.
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