Chevron/Texaco Merger Approved by FTC
Chevron Corp. and Texaco Inc. confirmed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a consent order that will allow the two companies to complete their previously announced merger.
The new company, ChevronTexaco Corporation, will rank among the world's largest energy companies and will be highly competitive across all energy sectors.
Separately, the companies have negotiated a consent decree with the attorneys general of 12 U.S. states. In addition, the companies have obtained necessary regulatory approvals from the European Union and several countries where the two companies have major operations.
"Today marks a critically important milestone as we move to establish a premier energy company with the world-class assets, talent, financial strength and technology to achieve superior results," said Chevron Chairman and CEO David J. O'Reilly, who will lead the new company in the same capacity.
"Our integration planning since announcing the merger last October has gone exceptionally well. Upon receiving stockholder approval, we will be ready to start operating effectively as one company."
Texaco Chairman and CEO Glenn F. Tilton said, "The new ChevronTexaco will bring together two great companies with long histories of success and innovation to tackle the new challenges we face in meeting the energy needs of our customers and partners.
"We are fully prepared to comply with all of the conditions of the consent order and look forward to completing the merger and creating a great new energy company," added Tilton, who, along with Richard H. Matzke, vice chairman of Chevron, will serve as vice chairman of ChevronTexaco.
Chevron and Texaco will satisfy the following conditions listed in the consent order to complete the merger:
- Texaco will divest its interests in the U.S. downstream joint ventures Motiva Enterprises LLC and Equilon Enterprises LLC. If Texaco is not able to complete a sale of its interest in Motiva to Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc., and its interest in Equilon to Shell prior to the merger, it will place the stock of the Texaco subsidiaries that hold those interests in a Divestiture Trust just prior to merger close for sale within eight months of the merger date.
- Subject to certain conditions, Texaco will extend its license of the Texaco brand to Equilon and Motiva on an exclusive basis until June 30, 2003, and on a non-exclusive basis until June 30, 2006.
- ChevronTexaco will divest Texaco's interest in the Discovery Pipeline System within six months of the merger date, and Texaco will resign as operator of the System.
- ChevronTexaco will divest Texaco's interest in the Enterprise Fractionating Plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, within six months of the merger date.
- Texaco will divest a portion of its U.S. general aviation business.
Chevron and Texaco will seek approval of the merger by their respective stockholders at separate stockholder meetings scheduled for Oct. 9 in Houston, Texas.
The merger joins two leading energy companies and long-time partners. The new company will have world-class upstream positions in reserves, production and exploration opportunities; an integrated, worldwide refining and marketing business; a global chemicals business; expanded growth platforms in natural gas and power; and industry-leading skills in technology innovation.
ChevronTexaco will have a combined enterprise market value of more than $100 billion, assets of $83 billion, net proved reserves of 11.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), daily production of 2.7 million BOE and operations throughout the world. In the United States, ChevronTexaco will be the third-largest producer of oil and gas. Its Chevron, Texaco and Caltex petroleum products will be marketed in 180 countries. (Caltex is a 50-50 refining and marketing joint venture started by Chevron and Texaco in 1936, operating in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.)
In the merger, Texaco stockholders will receive .77 shares of ChevronTexaco common stock for each share of Texaco common stock they own, and Chevron stockholders will retain their existing shares.
The FTC review process was triggered by the filing last year of notice and information about the merger under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.