OMV says it has received initial bids for Turkey’s Petrol Ofisi
VIENNA - ReutersOMV CEO Rainer Seele said the company has received initial bids for Petrol Ofisi, a leading company in the Turkish oil products retail and wholesale market, on Nov. 9.
The initiated a process to sell up to 100 percent of its wholly owned subsidiary OMV Petrol Ofisi A. S. last February.
OMV also said it is selling its UK business to Siccar Point Energy for up to $1 billion, putting an end to the Austrian oil and gas group’s exploration activities in Britain as it seeks to escape high costs in areas such as the North Sea.
Seele is unwinding a strategy set by his predecessor, who bought North Sea assets in 2013 for $2.65 billion, by shifting OMV’s focus from output growth to cutting costs and cash generation.
The Nov. 8 deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, but would be effective from Jan. 1 this year.
The transaction, which is pending regulatory approval, would at current exchange rates shave 350 million euros ($386 million) off OMV’s overall earnings before interest and tax to reflect lost revenues in 2016, OMV said.
OMV is due to report third-quarter results on Wednesday, but it was unclear when the impairment would be booked.
Under the terms of the deal, Britain’s Siccar will pay OMV $750 million in cash and a further $125 million once a long-awaited final investment decision is made on the Chevron-operated Rosebank field.
It will also get a further $125 million for investments it has already paid for in Britain this year if the deal goes through.
As part of Seele’s strategy shift, OMV is placing its bets on swapping a stake in its Norwegian unit with Russia’s Gazprom for a stake in a low-cost Siberian gas field, although the deal is taking longer than expected.