Chevron announced on April 12 that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko in a stock and cash transaction valued at USD 33 billion, or USD 65 per share. Based on Chevron’s closing price on April 11th, 2019 and under the terms of the agreement, Anadarko shareholders will receive 0.3869 shares of Chevron and USD 16.25 in cash for each Anadarko share. The total enterprise value of the transaction is USD 50 billion.
The acquisition of Anadarko will significantly enhance Chevron’s already advantaged Upstream portfolio and further strengthen its leading positions in large, attractive shale, deepwater and natural gas resource basins. Furthermore, Western Midstream Partners, LP (WES) is a successful midstream company whose assets are well aligned with the combined companies’ upstream positions, which should further enhance their economics and execution capabilities. “This transaction builds strength on strength for Chevron,” said Chevron’s Chairman and CEO Michael Wirth. “The combination of Anadarko’s premier, high-quality assets with our advantaged portfolio strengthens our leading position in the Permian, builds on our deepwater Gulf of Mexico capabilities and will grow our LNG business. It creates attractive growth opportunities in areas that play to Chevron’s operational strengths and underscores our commitment to short-cycle, higher-return investments.” “This transaction will unlock significant value for shareholders, generating anticipated annual run-rate synergies of approximately USD 2 billion and will be accretive to free cash flow and earnings one year after close,” Wirth concluded. “The strategic combination of Chevron and Anadarko will form a stronger and better company with world-class assets, people and opportunities,” said Anadarko Chairman and CEO Al Walker. “I have tremendous respect for Mike and his leadership team and believe Chevron’s strategy, scale and operational capabilities will further accelerate the value of Anadarko’s assets.”
- Strong strategic fit: Anadarko’s assets will enhance Chevron’s portfolio across a diverse set of asset classes, including:
- Shale & tight – The combination of the two companies will create a 75-mile-wide corridor across the most attractive acreage in the Delaware basin, extending Chevron’s leading position as a producer in the Permian;
- Deepwater – The combination will enhance Chevron’s existing high-margin position in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM), where it is already a leading producer, and extend its deepwater infrastructure network;
- LNG – Chevron will gain another world-class resource base in Mozambique to support growing LNG demand. Area 1 is a very cost-competitive and well-prepared greenfield project close to major markets.
- Significant operating and capital synergies: The transaction is expected to achieve run-rate cost synergies of USD 1 billion before tax and capital spending reductions of USD 1 billion within a year of closing.
- Accretive to free cash flow and EPS: Chevron expects the transaction to be accretive to free cash flow and earnings per share one year after closing, at USD 60 Brent.
- Opportunity to high-grade portfolio: Chevron plans to divest USD 15 to USD 20 billion of assets between 2020 and 2022. The proceeds will be used to further reduce debt and return additional cash to shareholders.
- Increased shareholder returns: As a result of higher expected free cash flow, Chevron plans to increase its share repurchase rate from USD 4 billion to USD 5 billion per year upon closing the transaction.
The acquisition consideration is structured as 75 percent stock and 25 percent cash, providing an overall value of USD 65 per share based on the closing price of Chevron stock on April 11th, 2019. In aggregate, upon closing of the transaction, Chevron will issue approximately 200 million shares of stock and pay approximately USD 8 billion in cash. Chevron will also assume estimated net debt of USD 15 billion. Total enterprise value of USD 50 billion includes the assumption of net debt and book value of non-controlling interest.
The transaction has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of the year. The acquisition is subject to Anadarko shareholder approval. It is also subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Upon closing, the company will continue be led by Michael Wirth as Chairman and CEO. Chevron will remain headquartered in San Ramon, California.
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company’s operations.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s mission is to deliver a competitive and sustainable rate of return to shareholders by exploring for, acquiring and developing oil and natural gas resources vital to the world’s health and welfare. As of year-end 2018, the company had 1.47 billion barrels-equivalent of proved reserves, making it one of the world’s largest independent exploration and production companies.