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Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) has signed a purchase and sale agreement with Orion Mine Finance for $1.33bn, the transaction is expected to be closed in the fourth quarter of this year. Assets under the sale are located in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. The company will retain its core assets in the Rockies, including Colorado’s DJ Basin and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold its Occidental Petroleum Corp. common equity in the second quarter, due to its performance during the pandemic which highly affected the industry. Berkshire had built up the stake in addition to its $10 billion investment in preferred shares last year, which helped fund Occidental’s ill-fated takeover of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Occidental tumbled 64% this year, making it the worst performer in the S&P 500 Energy Index.
Occidental Petroleum Corp on Monday posted a $8.35 billion second-quarter. Its net loss was $8.35 billion, or $9.12 per share, in the quarter, compared with earnings of $635 million, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier. Its oil and gas production will fall 13% this quarter over last, and another 5% in the fourth quarter, to 1.16 million barrels of oil and gas per day.
Total will no longer pursue the acquisition of Occidental’s assets in Ghana, following a snag in the sale of assets in Algeria. When Occidental Petroleum completed one of the largest oil mergers and acquisitions of the past few years, buying Anadarko Petroleum and assuming its debt in a transaction valued at a total of US$55 billion, Occidental had signed a binding agreement to sell Anadarko’s assets.
Enticed by the shale boom in the States, Occidental Petroleum had controversially acquired Anadarko Petroleum last year for a whooping $38 billion. This purchase proved to be ill-timed and has forced the company to deal with impending debts. Owing to a $2 billion quarterly loss, Occidental has decided to offer voluntary buyouts to its employees, citing in order to slash capital expenditure.
E&P major, Occidental Petroleum yesterday reported a first-quarter loss on writedowns and charges, as it reduced its budget for the third time since March owing to demand destruction. Occidental slipped to a net loss of $2.23 billion for the first quarter, compared with a profit of $631 million last year. Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hollub said that Occidental is “taking aggressive action to ensure our long-term financial stability”.
Occidental has asked for financial help from the US government for the oil industry. The employees have been asked to send a pre-written wish list to Congress members to emphasis upon the importance and urgency of the matter. The company wants the government to "provide liquidity to the energy industry through this period of unprecedented demand destruction and unsustainable pricing until normal economic conditions return”.
Total's acquisition of Occidental Petroleum Corp’s assets in Ghana are being held up due to capital gains tax claim for about $500 million. Occidental is trying to get regulatory clearance for this deal and tax bill is an issue yet to be resolved. Selling Total its assets is a part of Occidental's plan to sell out at least $15 billion of assets by mid-2020.
Occidental Petroleum on Wednesday informed about ‘significantly’ reducing its workforce, after buying out its rival Anadarko Petroleum last year. Layoffs are currently underway across the company, after staff was cut through a voluntary program, spokeswoman Melissa Schoeb said. She added, “Occidental’s integration team identified the jobs we need to successfully and safely operate our business and achieve our synergy goals,”.
Occidental Petroleum yesterday reported $93 million in adjusted net income, disappointing the consensus estimate. The oil major, who recently acquired Anadarko, steered clear of the immediate impact of the acquisition move. Occidental's production in the quarter reached 1.155 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/D), up 70% from the corresponding quarter last year.
Occidental Petroleum yesterday concluded the $55 billion-acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum, with the assumption of Anadarko’s debt. Vicki Hollub, President and CEO at Occidental said, “With Anadarko’s world-class asset portfolio now officially part of Occidental, we begin our work to integrate our two companies and unlock the significant value of this combination for shareholders”.
Occidental Petroleum Corp saw a 14% dip in core profit for the second quarter. Occidental, which recently acquired Anadarko in a $38 billion deal, reported $729 million in core income for the second quarter, dropping from $848 million in the corresponding quarter last year. Lower income for Occidental has been attributed to the offset of higher oil prices by adjustments to derivatives contracts and poorer natural gas prices.
Energy Minister of Algeria has informed that Algeria will block Total's acquisition of Anadarko's assets. He said, "Our ministry has contacted Anadarko to get explanations on this information, but so far we got no answer. It means there is no contract between Total and Anadarko." It was decided that if Occidental successfully takes over Anadarko, it will sell some of Anadarko's assets to Total for $8.8 billion.
In a major turn of events, supermajor Chevron pulled back from the takeover battle for Anadarko, yesterday. Occidental, which received $10 billion in financial assistance from Berkshire Hathaway, has emerged victorious in one of the largest takeover contests in the oil and gas industry. Chevron received a $1 billion breakup fee from Occidental Petroleum, to be utilized in a $5 billion share repurchase program.
Supermajor, Total yesterday inked an $8.8 billion asset purchase deal with Occidental, and dropped a new bombshell in the ongoing Chevron-Anadarko-Occidental battle. If Occidental wins the bid, then the binding agreement will require the firm to sell Anadarko Petroleum’s oil and gas assets in Africa. Post divestment, Occidental will gain ownership to the Western Midstream Partners and Anadarko’s acreages in U.S. shale basins, the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
In an interesting turn of events on Tuesday, Warren Buffett-owned Berkshire Hathaway backed Occidental’s $38 billion-bid for Anadarko. Berkshire commitment of $10 billion aid will greatly boost Occidental’s chances of securing a win in one of the biggest oil-industry takeover battles. However, the help comes at the cost of 100,000 preferred shares and a warrant to buy upto 80 million shares of Occidental at $62.50 apiece in a private offering.
According to the Chicago's investment firm Harris Associates, after Berkshire's $10 billion support to Occidental, Chevron no longer stands a chance to buy Anadarko. “I think at this point you would consider Chevron’s bid dead”, said chief investment officer at Harris. Buffet's firm decided to back Occidental a day after Anadarko agreed for the negotiations with Occidental.
In a rather surprising move, Occidental Petroleum placed a new bid for the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum on Wednesday. The new bid tops the $33 billion acquisition bid offered by supermajor, Chevron. If successful, the acquisition will add approximately quarter million acres to Occidental’s acreage in the Permian shale, all the while boosting its global production to 1.4 million barrels of oil and gas per day.