Chord Energy and Enerplus Announce $11 Billion Merger Agreement

Oil and gas giants Chord Energy (NASDAQ: CHRD) and Enerplus (NYSE: ERF) have unveiled plans for an $11 billion merger in a deal structured as a combination of stock and cash, marking a significant move in the energy sector.

Under the terms of the agreement, Chord shareholders will wield control over two-thirds of the combined entity, leaving the remaining one-third in the hands of Enerplus holders. This strategic alignment aims to leverage the strengths of both companies for maximum operational efficiency and shareholder value.

One of the key focal points of the merger is the expansion of operations in the prolific Williston Basin. With a projected fourth-quarter production of 287,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day, the combined entity anticipates enhanced scale and competitiveness in this vital region. Their collective holdings are estimated to encompass approximately 1.3 million acres, further solidifying their presence in key markets.

The $11 billion enterprise value of the merged company takes into account Enerplus’s net debt, calculated based on the closing prices as of February 20th.

Enerplus shareholders stand to benefit from the deal, receiving 0.10125 shares of Chord common stock and $1.84 in cash per share. This translates to an implied value of $18.42 per share for Enerplus, providing a favorable outcome for its investors.

Notably, Enerplus shares closed at $16.42 on Wednesday, signaling positive market sentiment towards the merger.

In terms of governance, the combined company’s board will initially comprise seven members from Chord out of a total of eleven. Chord’s Chief Executive Officer, Danny Brown, is slated to lead the merged entity, bringing his expertise and vision to steer the company forward.

The merger is on track for completion by mid-2024, pending regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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