Repsol in $8.3B Talisman takeover

Canada’s Talisman Energy Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Repsol S.A. under which Repsol will 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.

Talisman recently issued a statement confirming it was approached by Repsol, however at that time Talisman said that there was no assurance that the transaction would be agreed.

The purchase price for the common shares represents a 75% premium to the 7-day volume weighted average share price and a 60% premium to the 30-day volume weighted average price. Total transaction value is approximately US$13 billion, including Talisman’s current debt. In addition, under the transaction, Talisman will be allowed to pay aggregate cash dividends of US$0.18 per common share prior to closing, including the dividend declared and payable on December 31, 2014.

Talisman says that the combination of the two companies creates a global E&P company with improved scale, enhanced capabilities and more attractive opportunities for future growth. The combined company, Talisman says, will possess the financial flexibility necessary to maximize the value of Talisman’s large undeveloped resource base.

“This deal creates significant and immediate value for Talisman stakeholders,” said Chuck Williamson, Chairman of Talisman’s Board of Directors. “Importantly, the deal underscores Repsol’s strong belief in the high quality portfolio that Talisman has worked hard to develop. Repsol is a world-class operator with a solid track record and the financial capability to continue the development of these assets within their international portfolio. I am proud of the company that our employees, past and present, have built and I believe this transaction represents new opportunities for them in Canada and around the world.”

Antonio Brufau, Chairman of Repsol, said, “Our combination with Talisman allows us to align our highly complementary portfolios of upstream assets to create a truly global company well-positioned to grow production and reserves. Talisman has strong operational capability, a highly skilled work force and we look forward to leveraging their expertise as we partner to create a stronger, more profitable and competitive organization.”

Benefits to Canada

This transaction provides tangible long-term benefits to Alberta and Canada, combining Calgary-based Talisman with Repsol and creating a leading global exploration and production company with a presence in over 50 countries and 27,000 employees, Talisman said in the statement.

According to Talisman, Repsol has identified its Canadian assets as one of its primary growth areas and is committed to its development, including:

– Talisman will be a very significant part of Repsol’s worldwide presence.

– Repsol plans to leverage Talisman’s assets and its talent, including the company’s offshore and unconventional capabilities.

– Repsol has the track record and financial flexibility to accelerate the development of Talisman’s oil and gas assets, which will provide tangible and immediate benefits for Canada and create meaningful opportunities for employees, while retaining Talisman’s talent in Canada.

– Calgary will be home to one of Repsol’s largest management offices, and it will be an important exploration and production center for the combined company. Talisman’s Canadian assets will continue to be managed locally in Canada.

– Repsol has a distinguished record in environmental and social responsibility issues, and it has committed to uphold and enhance Talisman’s programs in these areas both in Canada and around the world.

– Repsol is the highest scoring oil and gas company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in two out of the last three years.

– Repsol will comply with all Canadian regulatory requirements and will submit a full application to Industry Canada as soon as practicable.

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