Repsol reaches an agreement with Talisman energy to acquire the canadian oil company

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Repsol has agreed with Talisman energy to acquire 100% of the shares of the Canadian company for US$8.3 billion (EU6.64 billion), plus assumed debt of US$4.7 billion. The transaction has been approved and recommended by the Board of Directors of the Canadian company.

The deal will transform Repsol into one of the world’s largest privately-owned energy groups, with increased presence in OECD countries, incorporating reserves and production in politically stable countries. Additionally, it will add a significant exploration portfolio and high-quality productive assets in North America (Canada and U.S.), South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam) as well as Colombia and Norway, amongst others.

Once the transaction is complete, North America’s weight in the resulting company will increase to almost 50% of capital employed in exploration. Latin America will represent 22%.

The incorporation of Talisman will increase the output of the Repsol Group by 76% to 680,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, and will boost reserves by 55% to 2,353 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The resulting group will be present in more than 50 countries with over 27,000 employees.

Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau said: “This is a transformative and exciting deal which will make us one of the world’s most significant players and which will allow us to grow as a company and reinforce Repsol as a solid and competitive integrated player.”

“Talisman is an excellent company which will add its experience and proven track record in production assets that will add to that of Repsol in deep water exploration. This will significantly boost joint development.”

The deal will improve Repsol´s competitiveness, increase and balance its exploration portfolio, reinforce the Upstream business unit and provide a strong growth platform.

Additionally, the combined management of assets will represent synergies of more than US$200 million a year, basically from the optimization of corporate functions, management of businesses and exploration, an increased commercialization capacity in North America and the application of technology and best operating practices.

The transaction allows Repsol to bring forward and surpass the exploration and production goals outlined in its 2012-1016 strategic plan, and consolidates the Upstream business unit as the company’s main growth vector in the coming years. Capital employed in this business will represent 56% of the total compared to 35% currently.

In the search by Repsol for inorganic growth targets following the successful recovery of value from the expropriation of YPF, Talisman has been a relevant player in most of the business and geographical areas analyzed by Repsol’s technical personnel, adding significant knowhow in key areas that will benefit the future development of the company in areas including unconventional assets and offshore production.

“The agreement with Talisman is the result of an exhaustive analysis of more than 100 companies and assets worldwide. In every area, Talisman has always been the best option, because of the excellent quality of its complementary global assets, including its talent. With Repsol’s ability to support the growth of these assets there is much value to be realized - it is a win-win situation” said Josu Jon Imaz, the Chief Executive Officer of Repsol.

Repsol’s shares have been one of the best performers amongst integrated oil and gas companies. The company has benefitted from its financial strength and resilience to current oil prices to create value and generate transformative growth opportunities.

The offer for Talisman represents US$8 (EU6.4) per share, representing a 24% premium over the average share price of the last three months. Talisman’s shares closed at US$4.29 in New York on Friday, December 12.

The acquisition, which will be financed mainly with Repsol’s cash reserves, marks the culmination of the transformation process that followed the successful recovery of value from YPF following its expropriation (US$6.3 billion.)

The agreement will require approval at a special Meeting of the Talisman shareholders to be held before February 19, 2015.

Repsol will comply with Canadian regulatory requirements and will submit an application to Investment Canada, and intends to demonstrate net benefits to Canada. Upon conclusion of this transaction Calgary, Alberta will be one of Repsol’s largest corporate centers outside Spain.

The companies aim to complete the transaction in the middle of next year, subject to conditions customarily applied to this type of transaction, including regulatory approvals and consents of third parties which partner Talisman in selected assets.

Following the transaction, the largest international deal by a Spanish company in the last five years, Repsol will be amongst the 15 largest privately-owned oil and gas companies in the world, present in key areas and with the most potential worldwide.

Repsol will retain the significant complementary talent which it has recognized in the workforce of Talisman.

The agreement contains the standard provisions in this type of transaction which aim to secure its satisfactory closing including, amongst others, the commitment by the Board of Directors of Talisman to not actively seek other buyers (non-solicitation), Repsol’s right to match higher unsolicited offers (matching right) and lockup agreements by which Talisman Energy board members and executives resolve to not sell their shares and to vote in favor of an agreement (lock-up agreements.) Talisman has also agreed to pay Repsol a termination fee of US$270 million in certain circumstances if the transaction is not completed (termination fee).

In addition, Repsol also proposes to acquire all of the outstanding preferred shares of Talisman for a purchase price of C$25 per preference share plus accrued and unpaid dividends to the date of closing. The acquisition of the preferred shares is conditional upon all conditions precedent to the acquisition of the common shares being satisfied and the approval of the holders of the preferred shares. However, closing of the acquisition of the common shares is not conditional upon the acquisition of the preferred shares.

JP Morgan has acted as sole financial advisor and Bennett Jones as main legal advisor to Repsol in this transaction.

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