ExxonMobil’s plan to put $41 billion into the purchase XTO Energy Inc. has Louisiana oil and gas officials riding a natural gas high. “Exxon’s purchase of XTO is yet another example of how important a role natural gas is going to play in the future of our country,” says Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, which has spent the past year pushing clean-burning natural gas as the country’s bridge fuel for the 21st century.
“As Shell, BP and Exxon become more involved in shale plays and the development of natural gas, it should be a sign to all of us that a shift in America’s energy focus has begun,” Briggs adds, noting that the deal also speaks volumes about the importance of north Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale to the U.S. energy market. “In the Haynesville Shale Exxon now has a foothold in the largest natural gas play in the country."
The all-stock transaction announced yesterday will enhance ExxonMobil’s position in the development of unconventional natural gas and oil resources.
ExxonMobil has agreed to issue 0.7098 common shares for each common share of XTO, which represents a 25 percent premium to XTO stockholders. The transaction value includes $10 billion of existing XTO debt and is based on the closing share prices of ExxonMobil and XTO on Dec. 11, 2009.
“XTO is a leading U.S. unconventional natural gas producer, with an outstanding resource base, strong technical expertise and highly skilled employees,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in announcing the deal. “XTO’s strengths, together with ExxonMobil’s advanced R&D and operational capabilities, global scale and financial capacity, should enable development of additional supplies of unconventional oil and gas resources, benefiting consumers both here in the United States and around the world.” Tillerson also called the agreement good news for the U.S. economy and energy security, as it will enhance opportunities for job creation and investment in the production of America’s own clean-burning natural gas resources.
XTO’s resource base is the equivalent of 45 trillion cubic feet of gas and includes shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and shale oil. These will complement ExxonMobil’s holdings in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Argentina.
Once the transaction closes -- it is subject to XTO stockholder approval and regulatory clearance -- ExxonMobil will establish a new upstream organization to manage global development and production of unconventional resources, enabling the rapid development and deployment of technologies and operating practices to increase production and maximize resource value. The new organization will be located in Fort Worth, in XTO’s current offices.
“XTO has a proven ability to profitably and consistently grow production and reserves in unconventional resources,” said Bob R. Simpson, chairman and founder of XTO. “As the world’s leading energy company, ExxonMobil will build on our success and open new opportunities for the development of natural gas and oil resources on a global basis.”
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
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Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
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The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
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