Strike Energy and Warrego look to combine resources

Thu 10 Nov 22, 3:38pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Strike Energy has submitted a merger proposal to the board of Warrego Energy
  • Warrego would own approximately 30.5% of the combined group

After identifying four new leads with Permian-age reservoir potential in two 100%-owned onshore North Perth basin permits last week, Strike Energy (ASX: STX) has confirmed it has submitted a confidential, non-binding indicative merger proposal to the board of Warrego Energy (ASX: WGO).

Under the proposed scheme of arrangement – which would see Warrego own approximately 30.5% of the combined group - Warrego shareholders would receive 0.775 new Strike shares for each Warrego share held.

Today’s scheme of arrangement replaces an original merger proposal, dated 16 September, under which Warrego shareholders stood to receive 0.7142 new Strike shares for each Warrego share held.

Spanish assets

Warrego shareholders could also receive the full value of Warrego’s Spanish assets via the distribution of the net proceeds resulting from the sale of the assets.

While Warrego is focused on the development of its onshore assets in WA’s prolific Perth Basin, the company’s Spanish assets include an 85% working interest in the Tesorillo gas project in the Cadiz region and a 50.1% working interest in the El Romeral gas to power facility in the Seville region.

Warrego's share price was up around 3% heading into the close.

Compelling value

Prior to the value realised for Warrego’s Spanish assets to be distributed to Warrego shareholders, the Agreed Merger Ratio (AMR) implies a transaction price of $0.186 per share (based on Strike’s 30-day VWAP at 27 October 2022).

This represents a 40.6% premium to Warrego’s undisturbed price at 27 October 2022.

Strike's management believes a merger with Warrego at the AMR represents an “extremely attractive opportunity to deliver compelling value accretion to both Strike and Warrego shareholders”.

Combined entity

Strike believes a combined entity would also possess a world class development portfolio in the low-risk jurisdiction of the Perth Basin in WA consisting of gas, hydrogen, renewable energy, carbon capture developments.

“A merger between Strike and Warrego would create the leading ASX-listed Net Zero 20304 Perth Basin integrated energy, fertiliser and renewables company,” management noted.

Strike's share price over 12 months.


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Mark Story


Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. 

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