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The deal

Canada’s Strathcona Resources has announced the 100% purchase of fellow Canadian oil and gas developer Pipestone Energy in an all-share combination. The two merged entities will continue as Strathcona Resources Ltd.

Why it matters

Upon completion of the transaction, the merged company will become the fifth-largest liquids producer in Canada by production and reserves, as per Pipestone’s estimates. The company expects to produce as much as 185,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). The majority of this is oil and condensate that had previously been concentrated across the Cold Lake Thermal, Lloydminster Heavy Oil and Montney projects.

Strathcona’s purchase comes with Pipestone’s Montney operations, namely its Wembley project. A “world-class asset”, Strathcona can now consolidate its operations in the area with the addition of Wembley’s 90,000 acres to support its own operations in the region, which produces 45% of Canada’s natural gas.

Rob Morgan, Strathcona president and CEO, said: “We are excited about the acquisition of Pipestone, which fits hand-in-glove with our existing condensate-rich Alberta Montney properties and provides a natural hedge to the natural gas and condensate consumed in our Cold Lake Thermal and Lloydminster Heavy Oil operations.”

Pipestone CEO Gord Ritchie stated: “We are excited to be combining Pipestone with Strathcona, creating a new Canadian oil and gas champion with long-life reserves, significant growth potential and low sustaining break-evens.”

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Ritchie said that in four years, Pipestone has grown from producing 152 boepd to 35,162 boepd. Pipestone’s interim CEO, Dustin Hoffman, added that: “The acquisition of Pipestone by Strathcona reflects the successful culmination of growing and delineating our asset base over the past four years.”

The detail

Upon completion, Pipestone shareholders will receive 9.05% of Strathcona’s equity, equating to 0.067967 Strathcona shares per Pipestone share.