On April 12, 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission declared the registration statement relating to the issuance of Noble Energy common stock in the proposed merger to be effective. Proxy statements for the respective shareholders' meetings are being mailed on April 13, 2005 to all shareholders of Noble Energy and Patina as of March 31, 2005, the record date for each company.
Patina shareholders may elect to receive either shares of Noble Energy common stock, cash or a combination thereof (subject to the allocation procedure described in the proxy statement) in exchange for their shares of Patina common stock. Election forms for purposes of making this election are being mailed together with the proxy statements. The deadline for making an election with respect to the type of merger consideration to be received is 5:00 p.m., Houston, Texas time, on May 10, 2005. Patina shareholders should carefully complete the election forms and submit them to the exchange agent before the election deadline.
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