LetterOne & BASF merge oil and gas businesses

08 October 2018

LetterOne and BASF have recently signed a Business Combination Agreement to merge their oil and gas businesses and create Wintershall DEA.

Wintershall DEA will be the largest independent European exploration and production company, with activity in twelve countries across Europe, Latin America, North Africa, and the Middle East. The combined business would have had pro-forma production of approximately 575,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2017, almost 70% of which comes from natural gas. Production is expected to rise to between 750,000 and 800,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the early 2020s as the company executes its business plan.

In 2017, the combined business would have generated revenue of €4.7bn and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of €2.8bn. Based on the combined proven (1P) reserves of almost 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent at the end of 2017, the reserves to production ratio of the combined business would be approximately 10 years.

The combined portfolio and scale of Wintershall DEA will provide significant potential for sustainable, long-term growth. LetterOne and BASF expect to be able to realise synergies equivalent to at least €200M per annum. Wintershall DEA will be jointly headquartered in Hamburg and Kassel.

LetterOne and BASF will now begin the process of seeking regulatory approvals, a process which could take approximately six months. Until closing, DEA and Wintershall will continue to operate as independent companies. BASF will initially hold 67% and LetterOne will hold 33% of Wintershall DEA.