Det norske oljeselskap ASA is pleased to announce that the company has acquired Premier Oil Norge AS which comprises all Premier Oil plc’s Norwegian assets for a cash consideration of USD 120 million on a cash free, debt free basis. The transaction is subject to the receipt of government approval, and is expected to complete by year-end.
Premier’s Norwegian assets comprises the operated Vette development and adjacent Mackerel and Herring discoveries (50 percent interest), a non-operated interest in the Frøy field (50 percent interest) and seven exploration licences in the North Sea. Premier has 26 employees in Norway.
At the end of 2015, Premier is estimated to hold tax losses carry forward, undepreciated tax balances and exploration tax refunds equaling approximately NOK 1.0 billion.
The transaction will be funded through existing cash and undrawn debt facilities.
Following the recent closing of the Svenska transaction, the acquisition of Premier is another bolt-on acquisition that further underlines our firm belief in and commitment to the Norwegian Continental Shelf”, comments Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of Det norske.