Total acquires Maersk Oil for US$7.45 billion
Total is buying Maersk Oil from A.P. Møller-Mærsk for US$7.45 billion, comprising US$4.95 billion in shares and the assumption of US$2.5 billion in debt. Maersk's portfolio is dominated by conventional assets, and weighted to oil (liquids accounts for 87% of projected 2018 volumes, falling to 72% by 2023). Total gains access to the prized Johan Sverdrup development (8.44%); the UK's largest gas development – Culzean (49.99%); and deepwater GoM field, Jack (25%). The rest of the portfolio consists of mainly legacy, mature assets in Denmark and the UK, a maturing oil portfolio onshore Algeria and long-term oil opportunities in Kenya. We believe there are also technology and EOR expertise synergies at Al Shaheen (Qatar, a discovered resource opportunity recently taken over by Total) and Iran.