Conference Call Scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Central Today to Discuss Transaction
HOUSTON, June 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (“EGC” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:EGC) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement with a Cox Oil affiliate (“Cox”), an independent, privately-held entity that owns and operates assets in the Gulf of Mexico, pursuant to which Cox will acquire all the outstanding shares of EGC common stock for $9.10 per fully diluted share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $322 million. This represents a 21% premium to EGC’s closing share price on June 15, 2018.
EGC’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the proposed transaction with Cox after evaluating multiple transactions, including a proposal from Orinoco Natural Resources, LLC (“ONR”) and its affiliates to assume EGC’s non-core asset portfolio and related asset retirement obligations. EGC has ceased all negotiations with ONR and its affiliates regarding the non-binding term sheet announced on May 10, 2018.
Douglas E. Brooks, EGC’s Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, “We have sought to protect and maximize shareholder value and have searched for the best way to address EGC’s asset retirement obligations, liquidity challenges and need for financing to invest for future growth. We have determined that the best available course of action is a transaction that provides stockholders with a certain cash premium and less execution risk.” Mr. Brooks added, “We have been a proponent of consolidation in the Gulf of Mexico for some time. Cox currently operates approximately 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and the combined entities will have production exceeding 61,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.”
Brad E. Cox, Chairman of Cox, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with EGC, which expands our presence in the Gulf of Mexico. The combined entities represent the continuation of our past practices to generate economies of scale through the consolidation of assets without wavering on our commitment to safe and responsible production in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, Cox strives to preserve and protect the natural resources of the United States while balancing the need to reduce the abandonment liabilities. We look forward to working with EGC’s assets and team during the transition and into the future.”
The closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including obtaining necessary approvals from EGC’s stockholders and regulatory authorities. There is no financing contingency to complete the transaction. The transaction is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2018.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss this transaction this morning, Monday, June 18, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Time). Interested parties may participate by dialing 1-866-524-3160. International parties may dial 1-412-317-6760. Participants should ask to be joined to the Energy XXI Gulf Coast call. This call will also be webcast on EGC’s website at www.energyxxi.com. A replay of the call will be archived and available on the website shortly after the live call.
Intrepid Partners, LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to EGC and provided a fairness opinion to EGC’s Board of Directors in connection with the transaction. Sidley Austin LLP is serving as legal advisor to EGC in connection with the transaction. Houlihan Lokey, Inc. is serving as financial advisor to Cox, and Locke Lord LLP is serving as legal advisor to Cox.
About Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc.
Energy XXI Gulf Coast (EGC) is an exploration and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas that is engaged in the development, exploitation and acquisition of oil and natural gas properties in conventional assets in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, both offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore in Louisiana and Texas. To learn more, visit EGC’s website at www.energyxxi.com.
About Cox Oil
Cox Oil (Cox) is a privately-held entity that owns and operates assets in the Gulf of Mexico and was founded by fourth generation oilman, Brad E. Cox. Cox has grown through enhanced development of production and reserves in existing assets along with strategic acquisitions. Cox’s assets are located in both the OCS and the shallow waters off the coast of Louisiana. They currently operate more than 200 producing wells over 25 fields. Cox is based in Dallas, Texas with operation staff in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more, visit Cox’s website at www.coxoperating.com