Energean Oil & Gas on Thursday announced that it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire Edison Exploration & Production S.p.A. from Edison S.p.A. for 750 million US dollars, to be adjusted for working capital, with additional contingent consideration of 100 million payable following first gas from the Cassiopea development (expected 2022), offshore Italy.
Edison E&P’s portfolio of assets includes producing assets in Egypt, Italy, Algeria, the UK North Sea and Croatia, development assets in Egypt, Italy and Norway and balanced-risk exploration opportunities across the portfolio. The Edison E&P portfolio adds working interest 2P reserves of 292 mmboe and 2018 net working interest production of 69 kboe/d.
The acquisition of Edison E&P on attractive metrics is in line with Energean’s stated strategy of creating the leading independent, gas-focused E&P company in the Mediterranean. It will significantly increase Energean’s scale and diversification by adding a complementary portfolio of accretive development, appraisal and exploration opportunities, whilst immediately contributing EBITDAX and cashflow to support the Enlarged Group’s strategic growth and medium term ambition to start paying a dividend.
The enlarged group will have a total of 639 mmboe of 2P reserves and will be one of the largest independent E&P companies listed on the London and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchanges.
It is expected to produce more than 140 kboe/d in 2021, when the Karish and Tanin development project comes onstream, with a trajectory to approximately 200 kboe/d once the Energean Power FPSO reaches full capacity.
The majority of Energean and Edison E&P’s gas is sold under fixed priced gas contracts, providing stability and predictability to cash flow, helping mitigate impact of oil price volatility.
The acquisition creates the leading full cycle, independent, gas-focused E&P company in the Mediterranean and will increase Energean’s prominence and profile in the region and its ability to attract new investment opportunities.
Mathios Rigas, Chief Executive of Energean, commented: “ The acquisition of Edison E&P establishes Energean as the leading independent, gas focused E&P company in the Mediterranean with a mainly operated, low cost, gas weighted portfolio, with the capability, focus and team to prosper in our rapidly changing industry. It will diversify Energean into a multi-country, multi-asset, full-cycle E&P company with scale, material cash flows, significant growth and portfolio optionality. Edison E&P brings with it an exceptional team and I look forward to working with them as we build on the multiple opportunities ahead of us.”
The acquisition is subject to relevant anti-trust and regulatory approvals. Morgan Stanley is acting as global coordinator and joint bookrunner, Stifel is acting as joint bookrunner and Peel Hunt and RBC (trading as RBC Capital Markets) (“ RBC”) are acting as co-lead managers in respect of the Placing.