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Occidental bid for Anadarko reached mid-$70s per share before Chevron deal disrupted talks: Sources

David Faber
  • News of Chevron's purchase of Anadarko Petroleum suddenly cut off a rival bid by Occidental Petroleum, sources tell CNBC's David Faber.
  • Occidental's offer had reached the mid-$70s per share and was structured as a 40% deal, the sources say.
  • Occidental continues to consider whether to take its offer to shareholders.

Merger talks between Occidental Petroleum OXY and Anadarko Petroleum APC were ongoing when Chevron CVX announced on Friday it would acquire Anadarko for $33 billion , preventing Occidental from potentially upping its offer price, sources tell CNBC.

The deal announcement by Chevron cut short the talks between Occidental and Anadarko, the sources told CNBC's David Faber, who reported the rival bid by Houston-based Occidental on Friday. The Occidental bid had reached the mid-$70s per share and was being structured as a 40% cash deal.

Occidental was under the impression talks would extend into the weekend, with an opportunity to increase its bid, people familiar with the situation say. Mergers and acquisitions are often announced on Monday, and the Friday announcement caught some parties involved in the process by surprise.

Occidental continues to consider whether it should take the price to shareholders in an unsolicited offer, the sources say. The breakup fee for the Chevron-Anadarko deal said to be 3% of the deal.

Previously, sources indicated Occidental was willing to pay more than $70 a share, and it was uncertain what portion of the purchase price would be paid out in cash.

The Chevron deal would pay shareholders $65 per share in a 75% stock and 25% cash transaction.

It is not clear whether Chevron would have increased its offer prices had the Anadarko-Occidental talks continued into the weekend. Sources indicate that $65 per share may have been the most Chevron was willing to pay.

Sources say Chevron was willing to increase the ratio of cash to stock, but Anadarko wanted more shares of the oil major.

The cash-stock structure may indicate why talks between Anadarko and and Occidental broke down. Assuming Occidental paid $76 per share, the company would have had to issue as much as $23 billion worth of stock, raising questions about how traders and shareholders would have responded to the deal, according to Faber.

Occidental has a $47.5 billion market capitalization.

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