SANTOS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF CONOCOPHILLIPS NORTHERN AUSTRALIA AND TIMOR LESTE ASSETS

Santos has completed the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ northern Australia and Timor-Leste assets for a reduced purchase price of US$1.265 billion plus an increased contingent payment of US$200 million subject to a final investment decision (FID) on Barossa.
Due to recent market volatility and the deferral of Barossa FID, Santos and ConocoPhillips agreed to decrease the previously announced US$1.39 billion upfront payment at completion to US$1.265 billion and increase the contingent payment on Barossa FID from US$75 million to US$200 million.
At completion, the net settlement amount was US$655 million, lower than the previously forecast amount of US$800 million, comprising the revised firm purchase price of US$1.265 billion less cash in the acquired business from the effective date of 1 January 2019 to completion with customary adjustments. The net settlement amount is before any sell-downs of interests owned by Santos in the acquired assets.
The acquisition delivers operatorship and control of a high quality portfolio of low-cost, long-life natural gas assets and strategic LNG infrastructure. Santos’ interest in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG increases to 68.4% at completion and will provide a significant boost to 2020 production and cash flows. Santos’ interest in the Barossa project to backfill Darwin LNG increases to 62.5%.
Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said he was pleased to complete the acquisition which is fully-aligned with Santos’ strategy to build on existing infrastructure positions around Santos’ core assets.
The purchase price at completion was fully-funded from available cash together with US$750 million of new two-year acquisition debt. The reduced purchase price on completion has a favourable impact on net debt and gearing, with net debt at completion estimated at US$3.75 billion and gearing at approximately 32%. Post-completion, Santos’ balance sheet remains in a strong position with liquidity of US$3.1 billion, comprising cash of US$1.2 billion and committed undrawn debt facilities of US$1.9 billion.
(Source and image: Santos)

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