Energean Sells Egypt, Italy and Croatia Portfolio for $945M

Energean Power FPSO (Credit: Energean)
Energean Power FPSO (Credit: Energean)

Oil and gas company Energean has entered into a binding agreement for the sale of its portfolio in Egypt, Italy and Croatia to an entity controlled by Carlyle International Energy Partners for an enterprise value of up to $945 million, of which $820 million is firm.

The completion of the transaction, which represent a threefold return for Energean since the portfolio was acquired for $284 million in 2020,  is expected by year-end 2024, subject to customary regulatory and antitrust approvals.

The sale enables Energean to rationalize the portfolio and focus on its gas-weighted, gas development strategy, underpinned by the Karish Field in Israel and recent farm-in to the Anchois field in Morocco.

This strategy aims to maximize asset monetization (through a develop and operate model), free cash flow generation and returns to shareholders.

The transaction also optimizes the portfolio by divesting later life assets, removing over 60% of the group’s decommissioning liabilities, and improving free cashflow generation in the short to medium-term

Moving forward, Energean will maintain and seek to grow its footprint in the Mediterranean and look beyond it to the wider Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, particularly where there is long-term policy support for gas and displacement of coal, the company said.

It also plans to focus on creating a Carbon Storage Hub in Greece and the wider Mediterranean region via its EnEarth subsidiary.

“Looking ahead, this transaction unlocks management capacity and financial flexibility to drive future growth. Our focus will now be to create enhanced value from our Israel assets, and evaluate new opportunities that fit Energean’s key business drivers: paying a reliable dividend, deleveraging, growth, and our commitment to Net Zero."

“Carlyle is the right custodian of the asset base and will create an excellent home for our colleagues. We wish them every success and look forward to watching their progress. I want to thank all of our colleagues based in Egypt, Italy and Croatia for their hard work and dedication over the years," said Mathios Rigas, Chief Executive Officer of Energean, 

 “We are delighted to acquire this portfolio of high-quality assets in Italy, Egypt and Croatia, countries that are actively encouraging new gas development, which we believe will play a central role in the energy transition.

“We look forward to supporting the transformation of these assets into a scalable E&P platform in the Mediterranean, through the execution of near-term developments, unlocking organic growth opportunities, M&A, and accelerating the delivery of existing decarbonization plans,” added Bob Maguire, Co-Head of Carlyle International Energy partners.

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