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Kosmos Energy enters Gulf of Mexico with $1.225 billion acquisition of Deep Gulf Energy

Kosmos Energy has announced that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Deep Gulf Energy (DGE), a deepwater company operating in the Gulf of Mexico, from First Reserve and other shareholders for a total consideration of $1.225 billion, subject to certain adjustments. By acquiring DGE, Kosmos adds to its deepwater Atlantic Margin portfolio an established business with attractive assets and a strong record of growing production and reserves through infrastructure-led exploration. This immediately accretive acquisition enhances the scale of the company and is expected to generate significant free cash flow, enabling Kosmos to return cash to shareholders through a dividend, beginning in Q1 2019.
Transaction Highlights
  • Adds approximately 25,000 BOE/day production (~85% oil), with an estimated reserves to production ratio of 8.8, growing 2018 pro forma production by 50% from approximately 45,000 to 70,000 BOE/day;
  • Adds estimated 2P reserves of approximately 80 million BOE, increasing total 2P reserves by 40% from over 200 million BOE to approximately 280 million BOE;
  • Adds experienced deepwater Gulf of Mexico management team with track record of delivering short-cycle, high-margin production;
  • Attractive acquisition with NPV-10 breakeven of approximately $48.00/bbl WTI;
  • Low asset retirement obligation of approximately $100 million undiscounted; and
  • Enables commencement of dividend payment in Q1 2019, underpinned by expected production growth and sustainable free cash flow

“With this acquisition, Kosmos continues to grow into a larger, more balanced exploration and production company, with increasingly diversified production, a pipeline of world-class development projects, and a portfolio of short- and longer-cycle exploration opportunities. Over the last four years, Kosmos has doubled production, and this acquisition creates the platform to double production again in the next four years,” Andrew G. Inglis, Chairman and CEO, said. “With many competitors leaving the Gulf of Mexico to chase onshore shale plays, a huge opportunity has opened in the basin. The best deepwater assets can compete with the best of shale, and now is a good time to enter the Gulf of Mexico. This highly complementary transaction is immediately accretive – delivering sustainable production and free cash flow growth and enabling dividend payments to begin in Q1 2019.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Kosmos will acquire DGE for total consideration of $1.225 billion, comprised of $925 million in cash and $300 million in Kosmos common shares issued to First Reserve, management, and other DGE shareholders. Kosmos intends to fund the cash portion of the purchase price with borrowings under its existing credit facilities. In connection with the transaction, Kosmos has received $200 million of additional firm commitments to increase its reserves-based loan facility capacity.

The acquisition is expected to close around the end of Q3 2018, subject to receipt of regulatory approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Evercore and Goldman Sachs & Co acted as financial advisors to Kosmos.

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