Occidental Petroleum Expands Presence in Permian Basin with $12 Billion CrownRock Acquisition

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In a strategic move to bolster its presence in the prolific Permian Basin, Occidental Petroleum has reached an agreement to acquire CrownRock for a staggering $12 billion. This significant deal, part of a broader consolidation trend in the U.S. energy sector, positions Occidental to fortify its standing as the ninth-largest energy company in the U.S.

CrownRock, a major privately held energy producer operating in the Permian Basin, is currently developing a 100,000-acre position in the Midland Basin, a crucial segment spanning 20 counties in western Texas. The Midland Basin, contributing 15% of U.S. crude production in 2020, is a key focus for Occidental’s goal to increase its scale in the Permian.

The transaction is set to add a substantial 170,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to Occidental’s production capabilities. Furthermore, with 1,700 undeveloped locations in the Permian, the deal positions Occidental for strategic expansion in a region vital to the nation’s energy landscape.

To finance this significant acquisition, Occidental plans to issue $9.1 billion in new debt, complemented by approximately $1.7 billion in common stock. Despite these financial obligations, Occidental remains committed to its goal of reducing its overall debt to below $15 billion, showcasing confidence in the long-term benefits of the CrownRock acquisition.

This move comes amidst a flurry of major deals in the energy sector, with ExxonMobil announcing a $60 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources and Chevron taking over Hess for $53 billion in recent months. Occidental’s acquisition of CrownRock underscores the ongoing consolidation trend, particularly in the Permian Basin, the largest oil-producing region in the U.S.

Occidental’s CEO, Vicki Hollub, emphasized the company’s dedication to managing its financial commitments. Despite a 10% drop in Occidental’s stock year-to-date, the acquisition of CrownRock marks the third major deal in the energy sector within a span of two months, highlighting Occidental’s determination to adapt and grow in a rapidly evolving industry.

Berkshire Hathaway, a major holder with about 26% of Occidental’s shares, was not involved in this particular deal. Occidental’s ticker symbol is OXY, and the company anticipates finalizing the CrownRock acquisition in the first quarter of 2024, adding another chapter to its dynamic expansion strategy.

This acquisition is a pivotal moment for Occidental Petroleum as it continues to navigate the evolving energy landscape, strategically positioning itself for future success in the Permian Basin.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY), commonly known as Occidental, has a storied history dating back to its founding in 1920. Established in California, the company evolved from a small oil production venture into one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies globally. Over the years, Occidental has played a pivotal role in the energy industry, engaging in diverse operations such as oil and gas exploration, production, refining, and marketing. Known for its innovative technologies and strategic acquisitions, Occidental has expanded its reach across the Americas, the Middle East, and North Africa. The company’s commitment to responsible and sustainable energy practices aligns with its pursuit of operational excellence. As the ninth-largest energy company in the U.S., Occidental continues to navigate the dynamic energy landscape, adapting to industry trends and solidifying its position through strategic acquisitions, such as the recent $12 billion CrownRock deal, which reflects its dedication to growth and resilience in an ever-evolving market.

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