Whiting and Oasis to Combine in $6.0 Billion Merger of Equals Transaction
Creating a Scaled Unconventional
Transaction Accretive to
Combined Company to Benefit from Significantly Enhanced Operating Scale and Free Cash Flow; Expect to Deliver Sustainable Dividends and Attractive Returns to Shareholders
Transaction Expected to Generate Administrative and Operational Cost Synergies of Approximately $65MM Annually
Progressive ESG Profile with Top Tier Gas Capture
Companies to Host Conference Call Today at
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Under the terms of the agreement, Whiting shareholders will receive 0.5774 shares of Oasis common stock and
Upon closing, Whiting’s President and CEO,
“The combination will bring together two excellent operators with complementary and high-quality assets to create a leader in the
Combined Company Positioned to Succeed in Dynamic E&P Environment
WillistonBasin Position with Enhanced Scale and Top Tier Assets. The combined company will be positioned as a premier operator in the Williston Basin, combining high quality assets with low breakeven pricing operated by an experienced team. The combined company expects to produce 164-169 Mboe/d in 2022.
- Accretive to Financial Metrics. The transaction is expected to be accretive to key per-share metrics, including: E&P cash flow, E&P free cash flow, return of capital and net asset value. The combination is also expected to enhance the combined company’s credit profile and cost of capital, as it will have enhanced scale and stronger cash flow while maintaining an attractive balance sheet with expected net debt to EBITDAX of ~0.2x at close.
Enhances Sustainable Free Cash Flow Profile. The combined company is expected to generate significant free cash flow from its high-quality assets and disciplined capital spending across a wide range of commodity price scenarios. The combined company expects approximately
$1.2Bof free cash flow and a reinvestment rate below 40% in 2022 at $85/bbl WTI and $3.50/MMBtu NYMEX gas.
Commitment to Enhanced Capital Return Program through Base Plus Variable Dividend Strategy and Share Repurchases. Shareholder returns will be central to the strategy of the combined company. During the second half of 2022, the combined company will target a return of capital program representing 60% of free cash flow. The combined company is expected to increase its aggregate base dividend at close to ~$25MM per quarter, or
$0.585per share, using variable dividends and share repurchases to return the full targeted amount. Both companies will continue their respective formally announced programs before the transaction closes. The combined company board is expected to establish a formal long-term return of capital program after close. Given the strong assets, significant free cash flow generation, capital discipline and excellent financial position of the organization, this program is expected to provide meaningful returns of capital to shareholders.
- Delivers Significant Cost Saving and Operational Synergy Opportunity. Whiting and Oasis shareholders will each benefit from the significant upside potential created from identified administrative and operational cost synergies of $65MM on an annual basis by the second half of 2023. Both companies are industry leaders in operational excellence and will combine best practices to further advance efficiencies across operating expenses and capital expenditures.
- Strong Financial Position and Relatively Unlevered Balance Sheet at Close. The combined company will have a peer-leading balance sheet with expected leverage of ~0.2x at close, including the impact of the merger consideration and special dividend. Additionally, the combined company expects to have minimal borrowings under its $900MM borrowing base, resulting in strong liquidity at close. The balance sheet is further bolstered by no near-term maturities.
- Continued ESG Commitment. Together, the combined company will continue Whiting’s and Oasis’ existing ESG efforts, including applying best practices across both companies related to safety, gas capture and emissions reduction.
Governance and Leadership
Upon closing, the Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of ten directors, comprising four independent directors from the current Whiting Board, as well as
The remainder of the company’s leadership team includes
Timing and Approvals
The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2022, has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among others, approval by Whiting and Oasis shareholders.
Citi is serving as financial advisor and
Conference Call and Additional Materials
Whiting and Oasis will hold a joint conference call today,
Investors, analysts and other interested parties are invited to listen to the webcast:
Pre-registration link: https://dpregister.com/sreg/10164478/f1e3f0537c
Live Webcast: https://services.choruscall.com/mediaframe/webcast.html?webcastid=gwcvNTyw
Sell-side analysts wishing to ask a question may use the following dial-in:
Intl. Dial-in: 1-412-317-5422
Website: www.whiting.com and www.oasispetroleum.com
A recording of the conference call will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call on the day of the call and will be available until
Replay dial-in: 1-877-344-7529
Intl. replay: 1-412-317-0088
Replay access: 6137428
The call will also be available for replay until
Oasis is an independent exploration and production company with quality and sustainable long-lived assets in the
Certain statements in this document concerning the transaction, including any statements regarding the expected timetable for completing the transaction, the results, effects, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company, future financial performance and condition, guidance and any other statements regarding Whiting’s and Oasis’ future expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, financial conditions, assumptions or future events or performance that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements based on assumptions currently believed to be valid. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than statements of historical facts. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “ensure,” “expect,” “if,” “intend,” “estimate,” “probable,” “project,” “forecasts,” “predict,” “outlook,” “aim,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “potential,” “may,” “might,” “anticipate,” “likely” “plan,” “positioned,” “strategy,” and similar expressions or other words of similar meaning, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Specific forward-looking statements include statements regarding Whiting’s and Oasis’ plans and expectations with respect to the transaction and the anticipated impact of the transaction on the combined company’s results of operations, financial position, growth opportunities and competitive position. The forward-looking statements are intended to be subject to the safe harbor provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, the possibility that shareholders of Oasis may not approve the issuance of new shares of Oasis common stock in the transaction or that shareholders of Whiting may not approve the merger agreement; the risk that a condition to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied, that either party may terminate the merger agreement or that the closing of the transaction might be delayed or not occur at all; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; the ultimate timing, outcome and results of integrating the operations of Whiting and Oasis; the effects of the business combination of Whiting and Oasis, including the combined company’s future financial condition, results of operations, strategy and plans; the ability of the combined company to realize anticipated synergies in the timeframe expected or at all; changes in capital markets and the ability of the combined company to finance operations in the manner expected; regulatory approval of the transaction; the effects of commodity prices; the risks of oil and gas activities; and the fact that operating costs and business disruption may be greater than expected following the public announcement or consummation of the transaction. Expectations regarding business outlook, including changes in revenue, pricing, capital expenditures, cash flow generation, strategies for our operations, oil and natural gas market conditions, legal, economic and regulatory conditions, and environmental matters are only forecasts regarding these matters.
Additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those described above can be found in Whiting’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and are based on information available at that time. Neither Whiting nor Oasis assumes any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events except as required by federal securities laws. As forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, caution should be exercised against placing undue reliance on such statements.
No Offer or Solicitation
Communications in this news release do not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval with respect to the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
Additional Information and Where You Can Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction, Whiting and Oasis intend to file materials with the
Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and joint proxy statement/prospectus, as each may be amended from time to time, and other relevant documents filed by Whiting and Oasis with the
Participants in the Solicitation
Whiting, Oasis and their respective directors and certain of their executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed, under
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