This transaction is the first significant step in the company's implementation of its growth strategy described at the time of the Initial Public Offering in September 2006. Kazgermunai is an attractive addition to KMG EP's portfolio, with its young assets, low production costs and a stable tax regime. The deal will further diversify the KMG EP operations and expand the company's presence to the new oil and gas region in Kazakhstan.
The Chief Executive Officer of KMG EP, Mr. Askar Balzhanov, said "We are excited to make our first significant acquisition, which will benefit our shareholders by providing immediate growth in reserves and production and further enhancing KMG EP's position as a leading Kazakh oil and gas producer."
The independent non-executive directors unanimously approved the acquisition, which is subject to satisfaction of a number of conditions including the approval of a majority of independent shareholders and GDR holders at an Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled for 12 April 2007 in Astana. The Board of Directors of KMG EP has received an opinion from Credit Suisse that the consideration to be paid by the Company in the acquisition of Kazgermunai is fair to KMG EP from a financial point of view. If approved, the transaction is expected to close within a few weeks of the EGM. The purchase will be financed from the existing financial resources of KMG EP and will be accounted for as an equity investment.
KMG EP is the third-largest Kazakh oil and gas producing company with 205.9 mmt (1.5 billion bbl) of proved and probable reserves at the end of 2005 and over 9.5mmt/year (190 mbopd ) of crude production in 2006. The acquisition of 50% of Kazgermunai would make KMG EP the second-largest Kazakh oil and gas producer. KMG EP's shares are listed on Kazakhstan Stock Exchange and the GDRs are listed in London. The company raised approximately US$2 billion in its successful IPO in September of 2006.
National Company KMG represents the state's interests in the Kazakh oil and gas industry and is involved, through its subsidiaries, in various aspects of the oil and gas business from exploration and production to transportation, refining, marketing and services. NC KMG owns approximately 61% of the ordinary shares of KMG EP.
Kazgermunai is the eighth-largest Kazakh oil and gas producing company with nearly 3mmt/year (60 mbopd) of crude oil production in 2006 and 40.7 mmt (310 mmbbl) of proved and probable reserves at the end of September 2006. PetroKazakhstan Kumkol Resources is the other shareholder in KGM.
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