Whiting Petroleum (WLL) will acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) creating North Dakota's largest Bakken shale producer. During the first quarter, total combined output of the two companies was more than 107k barrels of oil per day from the Bakken/Three Forks formations.
The deal is valued at $6B, including $3.8B in stock and $2.2B in net debt, and is expected to close in Q4. Kodiak shareholders will receive 0.177 share of Whiting stock for each share of Kodiak common stock they own.
"It's going to allow our production at the combined company to grow faster than Whiting standalone did before," says Whiting CEO James Volker. "The combined company will have greater access to capital which will accelerate development of oil production."