"Today's announcement is a major milestone in the execution of our refocused strategy, which is intended to make Anadarko more competitive by focusing on the areas where we can achieve sustainable growth and attractive returns, such as exploration and unconventional resource development and exploitation," said Jim Hackett, Anadarko president and CEO. "The price offered for our Shelf properties is indicative of the high quality of assets we are divesting. These properties should be worth more to those whose strategic focus is different than ours."
Anadarko's GOM Shelf properties include 78 fields and 112 platforms. Upon completion of the announced sales, Anadarko will operate only one offshore platform, the newly commissioned Marco Polo facility at deepwater Green Canyon Block 608.
"By exiting the Shelf, we can focus our Gulf program on the deepwater, which is expected to be the single-largest contributor to Anadarko's targeted 5 percent to 9 percent annual growth rate through 2009," Hackett said.
"The sales agreements provide greater confidence that we will exceed our targeted minimum after-tax proceeds of $2.5 billion from the asset realignment," said Jim Larson, Anadarko chief financial officer. "We anticipate that approximately $1.4 billion of proceeds from Anadarko's overall planned divestiture program will be earmarked for net debt reduction, with the remainder used primarily to repurchase stock. This transaction will go a long way towards enabling us to deliver on that promise.
"We have made great progress with the remaining divestiture packages," Larson added. "We've received suitable bids on the Canada Phase 1 package and we expect to open the data room for the Canada Phase 2 package next week. Data rooms are already open for all seven packages of U.S. onshore properties. All together, these remaining packages represent an estimated 230 million BOE of proved reserves as of year-end 2003, and we expect to close these deals by year-end."
The Morgan Stanley and Apache transactions are subject to normal closing conditions and purchase price adjustments, including preferential right elections, and are expected to close by the end of September. The sale to Apache is subject to Hart Scott Rodino review.
"Anadarko appreciated the opportunity to work with Apache on this deal. We view them as the highest value purchaser, in conjunction with Morgan Stanley; Apache brought considerable experience to the table, can stand behind the abandonment liabilities and will be a solid operator for these offshore assets," said Jim Hackett.
Transaction advisors for Anadarko for the GOM Shelf sale were Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Randall & Dewey LLC.
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