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Chevron, Hess CEOs Courted Each Other for Years Before Deal – Bloomberg

John Hess and Mike Wirth. Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg
John Hess and Mike Wirth (Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg)

David Wethe, Alix Steel and Guy Johnson, Bloomberg News

EnergiesNet.com 10 24 2023

The bosses for Chevron Corp. and Hess Corp. met for dinner years ago, kicking off “friendly” talks that led to Monday’s $53 billion megadeal, the latest in a wave of consolidation washing over the US oil industry.

“We have been talking for a while,” Mike Wirth, chief executive officer for Chevron, said Monday in an interview alongside his counterpart from Hess, John Hess, on Bloomberg Television. “For quite some time, we’ve seen the fit and the appeal and have been working on this.”

The roots of the megamerger began when they had dinner together, and Wirth said they’ve had friendly discussions ever since, without disclosing the date of their first meeting. 

Buying Hess will give Chevron 30% ownership of more than 11 billion barrels-equivalent of recoverable resources in Guyana, one of the world’s major new oil producers, Chevron said in a statement. It also adds acreage in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bakken, a smaller US shale basin than the Permian where production has already peaked. 

The deal entered the “win zone” for both companies after Hess shares almost doubled in value last year, Hess said in the interview. Wirth added that growing cash flow from Hess’s Guyana asset also helped make the deal attractive to Chevron.

“The stocks of the two companies have traded into a range where it worked,” Wirth said. “Now is the time.”

bloomberg.com 10 24 2023

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