Canada: TotalEnergies accepts an offer from Suncor for its oil sands assets
TotalEnergies will distribute to its shareholders at least 40% of the cash-flow in 2023
Following the announcement of its project to spin-off its Canadian assets, TotalEnergies received several unsolicited offers among which an offer from Suncor Energy for the acquisition of the entirety of the shares of TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd; this offer materialized over the last month.
Per the signed agreement, Suncor would acquire the entirety of the shares of TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd for a consideration including a C$5.5 billion cash payment at closing (about US$4.1 billion) and additional payments that could reach a maximum of C$600 million (about US$450 million) under specific conditions.
This amount is comparable to the C$5 to 6 billion valuation at initial listing of the spin-off company had the spin-off project concluded, as estimated by TotalEnergies’ financial advisors.
TotalEnergies’ Board of Directors has therefore considered this transaction, more straightforward in its execution than the planned spin-off, competitive enough to represent an alternative for the benefit of the Company and its shareholders and has decided to follow it up on the basis of the offer.
The transaction is subject to the waiver of TotalEnergies EP Canada Ltd’s partners pre-emption rights and customary closing conditions, notably the required approval from public authorities. TotalEnergies and Suncor target closing by end 3rd quarter 2023.
Taking into account the future proceeds of this divestment, the Board of Directors has decided to allocate at least 40% of the cash flow (CFFO) generated by TotalEnergies in 2023 to its shareholders (at the high end of the 35-40% guidance announced in 2022), either through share buybacks or a special dividend distribution. The Board of Directors will make this decision upon transaction closing, after dialog with shareholders.