Energean, the oil and gas producer focused on the Mediterranean, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement to acquire Edison Exploration & Production S.p.A. (“Edison E&P”) from Edison S.p.A. (“Edison”) (the “Acquisition”) for US$750 million, to be adjusted for working capital, with additional contingent consideration of US$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.
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.”
“Together, our priority is to maximise the economic value of the combined portfolio, whilst retaining as a key priority delivery of Karish and Tanin First Gas into Israel in Q1 2021. Since 2007, Energean has delivered significant growth and value for our investors and this acquisition is the next important step on this growth and value journey.”
The Acquisition is subject to relevant anti-trust and regulatory approvals. Since the Acquisition constitutes a reverse takeover for the purposes of the Listing Rules, Energean will need to seek shareholder approval and re-admission of its ordinary shares to the Official List upon completion of the Acquisition, which is targeted by Q4 2019.