Israel’s Delek completes $2bn Chevron N Sea buy

Israel’s Delek Group said its Ithaca Energy subsidiary, which it plans to spin off in a London stock market listing, completed a deal to buy most of Chevron’s UK North Sea oil and gas fields for $2 billion, Reuters reported. 

Delek said the deal will quadruple Ithaca’s pro-forma production to 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and raise the company’s proven reserves by 150% to 225 million barrels. 

Delek has paid $1.68 billion, with the rest coming from cash flow accumulated coming from the sale of oil and gas at Chevron’s North Sea fields after the start of 2019. 

Following the close, Delek said Ithaca signed a five-year marketing and distribution agreement for the acquired Chevron fields with energy giant BP.

“The closing of the Chevron transaction, concurrently with the closing of the Phoenix sale, are two significant steps in the group’s strategy for turning from a local company to a leading international energy company,” said Delek chief executive Asaf Bartfeld. 

Last week, Delek sold a 32.5% stake in insurer Phoenix Holdings for $450 million to two private equity firms after it was forced to divest from Phoenix due to regulation that prohibits conglomerates from holding stakes in financial and non-financial businesses. 

The 10 fields acquired in the Chevron transaction are expected to generate Ithaca an estimated EBITDA of $3 billion in the next three years and substantial cash flow of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, which Delek said would allow it to repay its loans taken out for the deal and to distribute dividends, Reuters reported.