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Seplat completing moves to acquire N174.2bn Eland Oil and Gas Plc

Performing indigenous oil and gas group, Seplat said via a notice at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) earlier in the week, revealed that is has made final investment decision on buying over Eland Oil to deepen undertakings in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

Already, the company said the recommended cash acquisition of Eland Oil would be effected by means of a scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006.

This means that both companies had reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Eland by Seplat.

According to Seplat, it agreed to buy Eland Oil as it was seeking to become the country’s biggest independent exploration and production company.

The acquisition of Eland, whose main asset is the Oil Mining Lease 40 licence in the Niger Delta, is set to boost Seplat’s production to 64,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day, a jump of as much as 30 per cent from 2019 guidance.

Eland shares surged as much as 28 per cent, a record gain, and traded at 164.8 pence of 9.05 am London time. Seplat didn’t trade.

Seplat said Eland shareholders on the register at the close of business on October 18, 2019 would be entitled to receive and retain the interim dividend of one pence per Eland Share to be paid on October 31.

Parts of the understanding read that “The Eland directors, who have been so advised by Evercore as to the financial terms of the acquisition, consider the terms of the acquisition to be fair and reasonable.

“In providing its advice to the Eland directors, Evercore has taken into account the commercial assessments of the Eland directors. Evercore is providing independent financial advice to the Eland directors for the purposes of rule 3 of the code.

“Accordingly, the Eland directors unanimously intend to recommend that Eland shareholders vote in favour of the scheme at the court meeting and the resolution at the general meeting.”