HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Occidental Petroleum Corporation (“Occidental” or “the Company”) (NYSE:OXY) announced that on June 3, 2019 the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), with respect to the pending acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (“Anadarko”) (NYSE:APC).
The termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending acquisition, which remains subject to other customary closing conditions, including approval from Anadarko’s stockholders. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2019.
Occidental is an international oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Middle East and Latin America. Headquartered in Houston, Occidental is one of the largest U.S. oil and gas companies, based on equity market capitalization. Occidental’s midstream and marketing segment purchases, markets, gathers, processes, transports and stores hydrocarbons and other commodities. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary OxyChem manufactures and markets basic chemicals and vinyls. Occidental posts or provides links to important information on its website at oxy.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about Occidental’s expectations, beliefs, plans or forecasts, including statements regarding the proposed transaction between Occidental and Anadarko or the proposed sale of Anadarko’s assets in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa to TOTAL S.A. (“Total”), benefits and synergies of the proposed transactions and future opportunities for the combined company and products and securities, that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are typically identified by words such as “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “might,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “expect,” “aim,” “goal,” “target,” “objective,” “likely” or similar expressions that convey the prospective nature of events or outcomes. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from anticipated results, sometimes materially, and reported or expected results should not be considered an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: Occidental’s ability to consummate the proposed transaction with Anadarko or the proposed transaction with Total; the conditions to the completion of the proposed transactions, including the receipt of Anadarko stockholder approval for the proposed transaction between Occidental and Anadarko; that the regulatory approvals required for the proposed transaction with Total may not be obtained on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule or at all; Occidental’s ability to finance the proposed transaction with Anadarko, including completion of any contemplated equity investment; Occidental’s indebtedness, including the substantial indebtedness Occidental expects to incur in connection with the proposed transaction with Anadarko and the need to generate sufficient cash flows to service and repay such debt; Occidental’s ability to meet expectations regarding the timing, completion and accounting and tax treatments of the transaction contemplated by the binding agreement with Total or the proposed transaction with Anadarko; the possibility that Occidental may be unable to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies within the expected time-frames or at all and to successfully integrate Anadarko’s operations with those of Occidental; that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; that operating costs, customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, customers or suppliers) may be greater than expected following the proposed transaction or the public announcement of the proposed transaction; the retention of certain key employees of Anadarko may be difficult; that Anadarko and Occidental are subject to intense competition and increased competition is expected in the future; general economic conditions that are less favorable than expected. Additional risks that may affect Occidental’s results of operations and financial position appear in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of Occidental’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and in Occidental’s other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Additional risks that may affect Anadarko’s results of operations appear in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of Anadarko’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and in Anadarko’s other filings with the SEC.
Because the factors referred to above could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release and, unless legally required, Occidental does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
No Offer or Solicitation
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transaction, Occidental will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary prospectus of Occidental that also constitutes a preliminary proxy statement of Anadarko. After the registration statement is declared effective, Anadarko will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Anadarko. This press release is not a substitute for the proxy statement/prospectus or registration statement or other document Occidental and/or Anadarko may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, REGISTRATION STATEMENT, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OCCIDENTAL, ANADARKO AND THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Any definitive proxy statement/prospectus (when available) will be mailed to stockholders of Anadarko. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain copies of these documents (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Occidental and Anadarko free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed by Occidental and Anadarko (when available) will also be available free of charge by accessing their websites at www.oxy.com and www.anadarko.com, respectively.
This press release is neither a solicitation of a proxy nor a substitute for any proxy statement or other filings that may be made with the SEC. Nonetheless, Occidental, Anadarko and their directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about Occidental’s executive officers and directors is available in Occidental’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on February 21, 2019, and in its proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting which was filed with the SEC on March 28, 2019. To the extent holdings of Occidental securities have changed since the amounts printed in the proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Information about Anadarko’s executive officers and directors is available in Anadarko’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on February 14, 2019, and in its proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting which was filed with the SEC on March 29, 2019. To the extent holdings of Anadarko securities have changed since the amounts printed in the proxy statement for the 2019 Annual Meeting, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available. These documents will be available free of charge from the sources indicated above.