Chevron, Exxon Mobil mull bids for Endeavor

NEW YORK • Chevron Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp are among the companies considering first-round bids this month for closely held oil producer Endeavor Energy Resources LP, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The two oil majors may be joined by ConocoPhillips in competing for the business, which could be valued at about US$15 billion (RM62.85 billion) including debt, said the people, asking not to be identified because the information is confidential. Royal Dutch Shell plc has also been contacted and may participate, they said.

The value reflects Endeavor’s size, with drilling rights on 329,000 net acres (133,142ha), of which only 2% have been developed, the people said. A US$15 billion sale would rank among the top 10 deals ever for a private energy company, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Endeavor, based in Midland, Texas, and owned by the family of founder Autry C Stephens, agreed to explore a sale after its advisors got inquiries from prospective bidders, the people said. Despite that interest, the family’s preference remains an initial public offering in 2019 so it can retain control, and the management team is continuing to organise its accounts for that goal, they said.

“We think Endeavor’s asset base is likely to be attractive given the positioning in the core of the basin and the overall acreage continuity,” said an analyst at RBC Capital Markets. “However, given the size of the transaction, buyers would likely be limited to large independents or majors.” — Bloomberg