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US: Crescent Energy to acquire SilverBow Resources for $2.1 billion

17 May 2024

  • Combined company to be the second largest operator in the Eagle Ford
  • Creates leading mid-cap E&P with scaled, balanced portfolio of high-quality assets
  • Substantial free cash flow generation with disciplined capital allocation framework
  • Well-positioned for further growth through accretive, returns-driven M&A
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Crescent Energy Company and SilverBow Resources have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Crescent will acquire SilverBow in a transaction valued at $2.1 billion. The transaction will create a scaled company with a balanced portfolio of high-quality and long-life assets, an attractive, returns-
driven financial framework and strong balance sheet, led by a management team and Board with significant operating and investing expertise that is well-positioned to drive long-term growth and value creation.

SilverBow shareholders will receive 3.125 shares of Crescent Class A common stock for each share of SilverBow common stock, with the option to elect to receive all or a portion of the proceeds in cash at a value of $38 per share, subject to possible pro ration with a maximum total cash consideration for the transaction of $400 million.

The Transaction Offers Compelling Value for All Shareholders:

  • High-Quality, Scaled and Complementary Asset Portfolio – Complementary combination creates the 2nd largest operator in the Eagle Ford with a broader portfolio of roughly 250 Mboe/d of low-decline, long-life production and a deep, high-quality inventory that supports compelling returns through cycles.
  • Focus on Free Cash Flow and Disciplined Capital Allocation – The combined company’s advantaged asset profile generates substantial free cash flow governed by disciplined, investor-first capital allocation, with a strong balance sheet and peer leading return of capital framework, which includes a fixed dividend and stock buyback program.
  • Potential for Meaningful Cost Savings and Efficiencies – Scaled enterprise advantages and complementary assets expected to drive significant annual synergies of $65 to $100 million through immediate cost of capital savings and operating efficiencies.
  • Creates “Must-Own” Mid-Cap E&P Primed for Sustainable Value Creation – The combined company will have the investing and operating expertise, the balance sheet strength and the capital markets access necessary to continue executing on Crescent’s proven strategy of free cash flow and prudent growth through disciplined, returns-driven M&A.

'This is a compelling transaction for shareholders of both companies, creating a premier growth through acquisition platform,' said John Goff, Crescent’s Chairman of the Board. 'As Chairman and a major long-term shareholder, it has been exciting to watch this business execute on the strategy management laid out from the very beginning. This combination further positions Crescent as a leading growth business, and we look forward to welcoming the SilverBow team as we continue to build this company.'

Crescent CEO David Rockecharlie said, 'The combination with SilverBow, which is expected to be immediately accretive to all key per share metrics, solidifies Crescent as a leading operator in the Eagle Ford and strengthens the company’s growth platform with increased scale. The SilverBow team has built a complementary and high-quality position in the Eagle Ford, and we believe the combination offers a unique value proposition in our evolving sector. The combined company will have an attractive and balanced portfolio of stable, low-decline and highly cash-generative production with a deep inventory of proven drilling locations, well-positioned for flexible capital allocation through commodity cycles. This combination creates a leading mid-cap company with significant value creation potential and the stability of a large-cap operator.'

SilverBow CEO Sean Woolverton added, 'This is an exciting new chapter for SilverBow and a compelling value proposition for our shareholders. The transaction delivers an attractive premium to SilverBow shareholders, with a choice to opt into the significant upside, sustainable value and meaningful synergies that we see in this combination by receiving Crescent shares -- or to receive immediate cash liquidity. This transaction is consistent with our commitment to pursuing any path that will maximize value for shareholders and is the result of a review of alternatives conducted with the assistance of our financial and legal advisors. The SilverBow team built an incredible company, and today’s exciting announcement is a testament to their hard work and dedication. This combination of two strong companies positions the pro forma business for continued success above and beyond what either company could achieve on its own.'

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Source: Crescent Energy

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