Editor’s note: Through the end of December, we’re taking a look back on the Deals of the Week from 2020. This was the Deal of the Week for the Houston Business Journal’s Oct. 23-29 edition.
The original story from October 2020 appears below.
Houston-based ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) will acquire Midland, Texas-based Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO) in an all-stock deal valued at $9.7 billion. The enterprise value of the deal, including the assumption of debt, is $13 billion.
Concho shareholders will receive 1.46 shares of COP common stock for each share of CXO, which represents a 15% premium to closing prices on Oct. 13, before news surfaced that the companies were in talks. ConocoPhillips shareholders will own about 79% of the combined company, with Concho shareholders owning the other 21%. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.
After the deal closes, Concho Chairman and CEO Tim Leach will become an executive vice president of ConocoPhillips and president of the company’s Lower 48 business. He’ll also join ConocoPhillips’ board of directors.
The combined company
The combined company’s enterprise value is expected to be approximately $60 billion, and its pro forma net debt was $12 billion as of June 30. By 2022, the combined company is expected to achieve $500 million of annual cost and capital savings due to lower general and administrative costs as well as a reduction in ConocoPhillips’ future global new ventures exploration program.
The combined company will have pro forma production of over 1.5 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and hold approximately 23 billion barrels of oil equivalent resources. It will have a particularly large footprint in the the Delaware and Midland portions of the Permian Basin and other strong positions in the Eagle Ford and Bakken in the Lower 48 and the Montney in Canada.
The combined company is expected to be the largest independent oil and gas company in terms of daily production, the companies said Oct. 19. However, it won’t have the largest footprint in the Permian. One day after ConocoPhillips and Concho announced their deal, Irving, Texas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (NYSE: PXD) announced it will acquire Austin-based Parsley Energy Inc. (NYSE: PE) in an all-stock transaction valued at $4.5 billion, or $7.6 billion including debt. Pioneer will have about 930,000 net acres in the Permian after its deal closes; ConocoPhillips will have about 700,000.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial adviser to ConocoPhillips, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as ConocoPhillips’ legal adviser. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as financial advisers to Concho. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is acting as legal adviser to Concho.
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