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UPDATE 1-Tullow Oil sticks to Capricorn merger plans, $200 mln cashflow guidance

UPDATE 1-Tullow Oil sticks to Capricorn merger plans, $200 mln cashflow guidance

Reuters · 09/14/2022 02:17
UPDATE 1-Tullow Oil sticks to Capricorn merger plans, $200 mln cashflow guidance

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- Africa-focused Tullow Oil TLW.L said on Wednesday it would stick to the current form of its plan all-share merger plan with Capricorn Energy CNE.L, shrugging off criticism from some Capricorn investors who say the deal undervalues the company.

Capricorn's board supports the merger, but the group also said last week it was exploring alternative deals after unnamed parties expressed interest.

Capricorn shareholders Madison Avenue, Legal & General IM and Schroders, as well as some other investors, have come out against the merger plan.

The deal requires approval from at least 75% of Capricorn shareholders, a threshold that might be in jeopardy if hedge fund investors who have been critical of the deal turn their derivative investments into direct shareholdings.

Tullow on Wednesday reiterated its guidance for full-year free cash flow of $200 million at an oil price LCOc1 of $95 a barrel after recording $205 million cash flow in the first half after an acquisition and an arbitration payment.

Tullow, which had a market capitalisation of around $835 million as of Tuesday, had debt of around $2.3 billion at the end of the first half. It forecasts its debt to core profit ratio, or gearing, to fall to 1.5 times by year-end.





(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; editing by Jason Neely)

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