© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A logo of a Petronas fuel station is seen against a darkening sky in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File photo
LONDON (Reuters) – London-listed Savannah Energy has agreed to buy producing oil fields in South Sudan from Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas for up to $1.25 billion, it said on Monday.
The announcement followed Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) closing a $407 million sale of its operations in Central Africa’s Chad and Cameroon to Savannah on Friday.
Other shareholders in the South Sudan fields, which have a gross output of 153,000 barrels per day, include China’s CNPC and Sinopec (OTC:), India’s ONGC and Nilepet, the national oil company of South Sudan.
A spokesman did not immediately provide a net production figure for the stakes Savannah wants to buy.
The deal, which still needs shareholder and regulatory approval, constitutes a reverse takeover because the assets are bigger than the company acquiring them.
“The Transaction Consideration is expected to be financed through a combination of the enlarged Group’s available cash resources and debt,” Savannah said in a statement, meaning the final amount of cash paid depends on the deal’s closing date.
Savannah’s market capitalisation on London’s AIM market stood at around 353 million pounds ($433.31 million) on Monday.
Savannah’s shares were suspended from trading on Monday and will resume once a detailed document for the transaction has been published, which the company expects to happen in the first half of next year.
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