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August 30, 2013
10:31 EDTAPA, SNPApache advances after selling stake in Egypt business
Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) are climbing after the company announced that it had sold a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to a Chinese company. WHAT'S NEW: Apache last night announced that it had sold a 33% stake in its Egyptian oil and gas business to China's Sinopec International Petroleum (SNP). Apache noted that it would continue to operate its Egypt upstream oil and gas business. ANALYST REACTION: A number of analysts reacted positively to the news. The transaction is "a game-changer," Deutsche Bank analyst Stephen Richardson wrote in a note to investors. The deal enables Apache to obtain significant value from an asset to which the market had given low value, he believes. As a result of the deal, Egyptian assets constitute only 15% of Apache's production, down from 20% last year, the analyst wrote. He kept a $105 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Similarly, Wells Fargo analyst David Tameron wrote that the deal is positive for Apache's stock, as many on the Street had doubted whether the company could sell its Egyptian assets for a significant amount. Apache received a much higher value for the assets than the Street had expected, and the company can use the funds to reduce its debt or buy back more of its shares, added Tameron. Moreover, the transaction could force those shorting the stock to buy back shares, propelling the shares higher, Tameron believes. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apache climbed $6.30, or 8%, to $85.
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January 29, 2016
07:36 EDTAPAAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link

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