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Oil Search

Asia

Oil Search rejects $16bn merger approach from Santos

Australia’s Santos said today that it approached compatriot Oil Search about a potential merger last month. However, the offer to create an energy company with a market value of $16.1 billion was rejected by Oil Search, which has major stakes in Papua New Guinea’s (PNG’s) emerging liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector.

Asia

Oil Search seeks new boss after shock resignation

Oil Search managing director Keiran Wulff has suddenly resigned from the Australian-listed company following complaints about his behaviour and ill health. This leaves the Papua New Guinea-focused oil and gas producer in an uncertain position as it seeks new leadership.

Oil & Gas

Oil Search eyes selldown of promising $3bn Alaska oil project

Oil Search will start a 15% selldown process for its proposed 80,000 barrels of oil per day Pikka low emissions oil project in Alaska by April. Phase 1 of Pikka is expected to cost about $3 billion and produce oil at a break-even cost of supply less than $40 per barrel Brent, inclusive of a 10% return, reckons the Australian-based company.

Coronavirus

Asia Pacific M&A shake-up on the horizon

More assets are expected to hit the market across Asia Pacific this year following the sustained drop in global oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has destroyed energy demand growth as economic activity contracts.

Oil & Gas

PNG-focused Oil Search is a takeover target

Despite a recently announced planned capital raising, Australian-listed Oil Search, which has major stakes in Papua New Guinea’s emerging LNG sector, is a prime takeover target, as mergers become more likely in a low oil price world.

Oil & Gas

Woodside boss plays waiting game in Oil Search bid

Woodside Petroleum Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Peter Coleman sees more time, not money, as the key to securing a takeover of Oil Search Ltd. “You don’t always have to sweeten deals,” Coleman said in an interview with Bloomberg TV’s Angie Lau on Monday. “What happens is that over time, expectations come together. You’re starting to see some M&A activity in Australia post the approach we made to Oil Search and you can see that peoples’ view of the world is starting to get a little closer.”

Markets

Oil Search quarterly sales decline 30% as energy prices slide

Oil Search Ltd., the target of a takeover bid from Woodside Petroleum Ltd., posted a 30 percent decline in third-quarter sales after a drop in energy prices. Revenue fell to $379 million from $538.2 million a year earlier, according to a statement from Oil Search on Tuesday. Sales dropped 3 percent from the June quarter. Output rose to a record 7.42 million barrels of oil equivalent, the company said.