Whiting Petroleum's (NYSE:WLL) announcement that it had reached an agreement to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE:KOG) was surprising on several levels. First, Whiting isn't offering much of a premium to Kodiak's standalone net asset value. Second, a lot of investors have been assuming (or perhaps hoping) that consolidation in the Bakken would take the form of large energy companies coming in to buy large operators like Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Whiting, and Oasis (NYSE:OAS), not peer-to-peer consolidation. Third, this is a deal that is more about execution and efficiency than exploration growth, perhaps marking a recognition of real change.
All told, assuming the deal gets done on the announced terms, it's...
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