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Murphy Oil announces strategic deepwater Gulf of Mexico joint venture with Petrobras

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The joint venture company will be comprised of Gulf of Mexico producing assets from Murphy and Petrobras America Inc. (PAI) with Murphy overseeing the operations. The transaction will have an effective date of October 1, 2018 and is expected to close by year-end 2018.

Both companies will contribute all their current producing Gulf of Mexico assets to the joint venture, which will be owned 80% by Murphy and 20% by PAI. The transaction excludes exploration blocks from both companies, with the exception of PAI’s blocks that hold deep exploration rights. Murphy will pay cash consideration of US$900 million to PAI, subject to normal closing adjustments. Additionally, PAI will earn an additional contingent consideration up to US$150 million if certain price and production thresholds are exceeded beginning in 2019 through 2025. Also, Murphy will carry US$50 million of PAI costs in the St. Malo Field if certain enhanced oil recovery projects are undertaken. Upon closing, Murphy expects to fund the transaction through a combination of cash-on-hand and the company’s senior credit facility.

Transaction Highlights

  • Adds approximately 41 000 net barrels of oil equivalent per day to Murphy’s Gulf of Mexico production, of which 97% is oil.
  • Total Murphy Gulf of Mexico production is anticipated to be approximately 60 000 net boe/d, post-closing.
  • Provides high-margin production with Gulf Coast prices and expected lease operating expense of approximately US$10 to US$12 per boe.
  • Increases Murphy’s corporate oil-weighted production by approximately nine percentage points to 61%, post-closing.
  • Adds approximately 60 million boe of Proven (1P) reserves and 86 million boe of Proven and Probable (2P) reserves, of which 97% is oil.
  • Allocating a portion of the incremental free cash flow to increase oil-weighted Eagle Ford Shale production.

Murphy President and Chief Executive Officer Roger W. Jenkins stated, “We are very pleased to partner with Petrobras, a global leader in deep water developments, in our new Gulf of Mexico joint venture. We believe the combined strengths of Petrobras and Murphy will yield significant long-term value for both companies. The addition of high quality, oil-weighted assets, such as the St. Malo Field, complements our existing Gulf of Mexico portfolio. We expect the production from this joint venture to generate meaningful incremental free cash flow that provides us with options for future capital allocation.”

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