Marathon Completes Acquisition of Khanty Mansiysk

Marathon Oil Corporation has completed the acquisition of Khanty Mansiysk Oil Corporation (KMOC) in a cash transaction for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $280 million, including Marathon's assumption of KMOC's outstanding debt obligations and transaction costs.

"Marathon is very pleased with this opportunity to return to Russia where the company played a pioneering role in developing the oil and gas fields offshore Sakhalin Island," said Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Marathon president and CEO. "This acquisition forms the basis for a new core area with substantial near and medium term growth, and is consistent with our strategy of upgrading Marathon's upstream portfolio to achieve superior long-term value growth."

Current net production is approximately 14,500 barrels of oil per day with production from known hydrocarbon accumulations expected to grow to more than 60,000 net barrels of oil per day within five years. Marathon expects to book approximately 85 million barrels of proved reserves in 2003, with planned capital spending of approximately $35 million for the remainder of 2003.

Based on the purchase price and expected development of 250 million barrels of proved and probable reserves in the currently producing fields, full cycle finding and development costs are anticipated to be under $3.00 per barrel.

The licenses acquired in the transaction hold total potential resources in excess of 900 million barrels of oil and further development of the non-producing discovered fields is anticipated.

Acquisition Highlights

  • Approximately 250 million barrels of proved and probable oil reserves and an estimated 900 million barrels of total potential oil resource located in Khanty Mansiysk region of Western Siberia
  • A compact operating area, within a 150-mile radius, and high percentage working interests allow for the efficient management of these assets
  • Current net daily production of approximately 14,500 barrels of oil
  • Significant, low risk production growth in one of the most prolific basins in Russia
  • High quality, local workforce with well-established quality management structure and practices

Marathon's intention to acquire KMOC was announced on April 22nd. With the merger, a wholly owned Marathon subsidiary was merged with and into KMOC, with KMOC continuing as the surviving corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon.