Deal creates strategic platform for long-term growth in Norway, combining Det norske’s efficient operating model with BP’s experience and technical expertise
BP and Det norske oljeselskap today announced the creation of Aker BP ASA, an independent oil and gas company combining the assets and expertise from both companies’ Norwegian exploration and production operations to form the largest Norwegian independent oil and gas producer.
BP group chief executive Bob Dudley commented: “BP and Aker have matured a close collaboration through decades, and we are pleased to take advantage of the industrial expertise of both companies to create a large independent E&P company. The Norwegian Continental Shelf represents a significant opportunity going forward and we are looking forward to working together with Aker to unlock the long term value of the company through growth and efficient operations. This innovative deal demonstrates how we can adapt our business model with strong and talented partners to remain competitive and grow where we see long-term benefit for our shareholders.”
Under the terms of the proposed transaction, the BP Norge and Det norske businesses will combine and be renamed Aker BP ASA. Aker BP will be independently operated and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Aker BP will be jointly owned by current Det norske shareholder Aker (40%), other Det norske shareholders (30%) and BP (30%). BP will also receive a cash payment of $140 million plus positive working capital adjustments as part of the transaction.
Well, I've just sold all my VOG holdings after nearly 8 yrs (please don't laugh) and am currently 'in cash' until after the referendum when, who knows, I might even save a few groats if the market drops (whatever the outcome). All my 'VOG Jam Tomorrow' from the garden has been sold at the W.I to buy a few more shares when the market settles down. Whatever the weather gla.
We have already benefited by a possible brexit if the drop in the £vs$ is in fact down to it now looking likely that a brexit is in fact a possibility as the leave campaign is now ahead in the polls and seems to be widening its lead.
(stronger $= more favorable conversion of the 10cents dividend to £/p)
Short term there will no doubt be some panic across the market, but no worse imo for BP than what we have seen in the last few years, but long term BP would appear to still be a good investment.
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