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Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso purchases 49.9% stake in Talos Energy’s Mexico- Bloomberg

  • Billionaire Buys Stake in Mexico’s Mega Oil Field from Talos
  • Talos had sparred with Pemex over development of Zama field
Carlos Slim, chairman emeritus of America Movil SAB, speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, April 16, 2018.
Carlos Slim, chairman emeritus of America Movil SAB, speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, on Monday, April 16, 2018.
(Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg)

Amy Stillman, Bloomberg News

EnergiesNet.com 05 25 2023

A unit of billionaire Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso is purchasing a 49.9% minority stake in Talos Energy’s Mexico unit for $125 million. 

The deal will give Carso access to Talos’ 17.4% stake in the Zama mega oil field, with the price implying a minimum valuation of about $250 million for Talos’ stake in the field. Talos will keep control of the remaining 50.1% of its local unit, Talos Mexico, the company said. The transaction is pending approval from the local regulator. 

Talos previously had sparred with Petroleos Mexicanos over the development of Zama after Mexican authorities said Pemex would operate it following the discovery that it bled into a reservoir owned by the Mexican state oil behemoth. The companies finalized in March a plan to develop the field in partnership. 

The divestment by Talos comes at a time that companies are facing increasing uncertainty after a series of business-unfriendly moves by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, including the expropriation of a rail line. 

Read More: Billionaire’s Spat With AMLO Threatens Investor Appeal in Mexico

Slim also has exploration, oil drilling and services operations through Carso Energy in Mexico and Colombia, and exploration contracts in Mexico. The company also operates several natural gas pipelines in northern Mexico and Texas. 

— With assistance by Andrea Navarro

bloomberg.com 05 25 2023

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