Shell BG deal will ‘shape more competitive company’

Royal Dutch Shell has hailed its 52.6 billion US dollar (£36.4 billion) takeover of BG Group as a step towards becoming a “simpler, leaner, more competitive company”. The mega-deal - creating the biggest trader of liquefied natural gas - came into force on Monday after shareholders waved through the tie-up at the end of January.

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Canadian Oil Sands urges shareholders to reject Suncor bid

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.’s board sent a letter to its shareholders Tuesday urging them once again to reject the hostile bid by Suncor Energy Inc. ahead of the offer’s deadline next week. The Calgary-based Canadian Oil Sands said the C$4.5 billion ($3.2 billion) offer was an “undervalued and opportunistic bid.” Suncor has offered 0.25 of its own shares to Canadian Oil Sands’ investors in a tender offer that expires on January 8.

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Video: Simmons boss predicts more deals as company is bought over

The boss of Simmons & Co said he expects to see more mergers and acquisitions in the next year, as he spoke about his own company's $139million takeover by Piper Jaffray. The companies announced in a joint statement yesterday they had signed a deal for the merger after detailed talks intensified in the past four weeks. Speaking exclusively to Energy Voice, Colin Welsh, who heads up Simmons business in the eastern hemisphere said he also expected the oil price to pick up.

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Apache snub of Anadarko approach puts both explorers in play

Apache Corp.’s rejection of a takeover offer from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. leaves both energy explorers vulnerable to acquisition. Anadarko, the third-largest US natural gas producer, said it withdrew an all-stock offer after Apache refused to engage in substantive talks. Apache, one of the biggest leaseholders in the largest US shale play, slumped 7.3 percent, the most in nearly a year. Anadarko dropped 3.8 percent, wiping out $1.2 billion in market value. For Anadarko, an acquisition of the $20 billion company would have served as a defense from any potential suitors. Major oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp., which have a half-trillion dollars in cash and shares to fund takeovers, are seen as likely to approach beaten-down US independent producers.