LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) today announced it has
executed an agreement with a subsidiary of China Petrochemical
Corporation (Sinopec) to sell Occidental’s Argentine oil and gas
operations for after-tax proceeds of approximately $2.5 billion.
Occidental also announced that it had executed agreements to purchase
oil and gas properties in South Texas and North Dakota for about $3.2
billion. Additionally, Occidental announced that it has signed an
agreement to increase its General Partner (GP) ownership in Plains
All-American (NYSE:PAA) to approximately 35 percent; and it has agreed
to acquire the remaining 50 percent joint venture interest in the Elk
Hills Power Plant.
Occidental expects all of these transactions to be completed no later
than the end of the first quarter of 2011, subject to normal regulatory
"These transactions will be immediately accretive to our earnings,
return on capital employed and cash flow after capital. With these new
acquisitions and without Argentina in our asset mix, achieving both our
short-term and long-term average annual production growth outlook of 5-8
percent will be more certain and will generate higher returns,” said Dr.
Ray R. Irani, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental
“These properties, combined with acquisitions completed earlier this
year, will more than replace the production from the sale of Argentina.
We expect that each of these new acquisitions together with future
drilling, potential exploration and consolidation opportunities in these
areas, over time, will grow to over 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per
“In light of our outlook for improved free cash flow, the Board has
agreed to increase our common dividend rate by 21 percent from 38 cents
per quarter to 46 cents per quarter effective with the April 15th
payment. The formal dividend declaration will be made by the Board of
Directors in February," said Dr. Irani.
The South Texas assets will be purchased from Shell for about $1.8
billion and currently produce approximately 200 million cubic feet per
day of gas equivalent. Shell has owned and operated the properties for
many years. The assets will be 100 percent operated by Occidental and
have an excellent inventory of drilling opportunities.
Occidental is purchasing, from a private seller, approximately 180,000
net contiguous acres in North Dakota which produce from the Bakken
formation and are prospective in the Three Forks formation. The purchase
price is approximately $1.4 billion. The assets currently produce
approximately 5,500 BOEPD and Occidental’s net risked reserve exposure
is in excess of 250 million barrels of oil equivalent. Combined with
Occidental’s other interests in the Williston Basin, Occidental will
have an interest in over 200,000 net acres and over 6,000 BOEPD of
production. Occidental expects to grow production in the Williston Basin
to at least 30,000 BOEPD over the next five years.
Occidental is purchasing an incremental 13 percent ownership in PAA’s
general partner, bringing its total ownership in the GP to approximately
35 percent. PAA’s operations compliment Occidental’s domestic oil and
gas operations. Plains is one of the largest operators of oil pipelines
in North America with operations in Texas, California, and North Dakota,
among other areas.
In addition, Occidental is purchasing Sempra Generation’s 50 percent
interest in the Elk Hills Power Plant, bringing Oxy’s ownership to 100
percent. This will improve efficiency and lower operating costs at Oxy’s
Elk Hills business unit.
Occidental’s Argentine assets being divested currently produce
approximately 44,000 BOEPD net to Oxy. When the transaction closes,
Occidental expects to report a gain on the sale.
The company will finance the acquisitions from both existing balance
sheet cash and debt financing.
Editors Note: Additional information and maps available at http://www.oxy.com/transactionfacts/pdf.html.
Occidental Petroleum Corporation is an international oil and gas
exploration and production company with operations in North America,
Middle East/North Africa and Latin America regions. Oxy is the fourth
largest U.S. oil and gas company, based on equity market capitalization.
Oxy's wholly owned subsidiary, OxyChem, manufactures and markets
chlor-alkali products and vinyls. Oxy is committed to safeguarding the
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or any material delay of, any development of new fields, expansion
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