Crestwood Equity Partners LP (Crestwood) and Oasis Midstream Partners LP (Oasis Midstream) has announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Crestwood will acquire Oasis Midstream in an equity and cash transaction valued at approximately US$1.8 billion including the assumption of debt. The transaction will largely be equity financed with approximately 33.8 million of newly issued Crestwood common units and US$160 million of cash consideration. The transaction is expected to close in the 1Q22, subject to customary closing conditions.
Robert G. Phillips, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crestwood, commented, “I am very excited to announce the strategic combination with Oasis Midstream, which has strong industrial logic and perfectly aligns with our stated strategy of consolidating high quality midstream assets in our core operating areas. This transaction enhances our competitive position in the Williston and Delaware Basins, enables Crestwood to capture substantial operational, commercial, and capacity synergies as we integrate the Oasis Midstream assets into our existing operations, and substantially expands the long-term contract acreage and inventory dedications of our gathering and processing portfolio. Importantly, we are completing this transaction during a period when macro oil and gas fundamentals are exceptionally supportive of upstream development and there is increasing demand for midstream infrastructure and services.”
Mr. Phillips continued, “Additionally, this transaction is expected to be accretive to Crestwood’s distributable cash flow per unit in 2022, strengthens our financial position by increasing 2021E pro forma Adjusted EBITDA and positive free cash flow by approximately 40% and maintains our strong balance sheet with pro-forma leverage of approximately 3.5x after the merger is completed. Given the confidence we have in the quality of the Oasis Midstream assets, expectations for continued Bakken development by Oasis Petroleum and our experience in efficiently integrating assets, Crestwood plans to accelerate the return of capital to our common unitholders through a 5% increase in the distribution once the transaction is closed. Through this transaction, we are excited to expand our relationship with the team at Oasis Petroleum and will have a shared vision for how our teams can work together to execute our Williston Basin strategies. We look forward to advancing those strategies with them as an important customer and equity partner going forward.”
Danny Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Petroleum Inc. and Chairman of Oasis Midstream, commented, “The combination of Crestwood and Oasis Midstream creates a midstream leader well positioned with size, scale and a diversified customer base. Crestwood’s experienced team brings a track record of operational excellence to handle a large portion of our company’s hydrocarbons and produced water in the Williston basin. Oasis Midstream unitholders, including Oasis Petroleum, are receiving compelling value in this transaction and will benefit from an ownership position in a larger combined company that will have a strong balance sheet and pay attractive distributions.”
Transaction highlights and rationale
Significantly increases scale and strategic positioning in core basins: In the Williston Basin, this transaction adds significant crude oil, produced water gathering and natural gas gathering and processing assets, doubles the inventory of tier 1 drilling locations dedicated to Crestwood’s assets to approximately 1200 locations across 535 000 dedicated acres and further expands Crestwood’s footprint into the western and northern parts of the basin. As the commodity price outlook remains favourable for an acceleration of activity across the basin, this expanded footprint positions Crestwood to more aggressively pursue third party volumes and incremental bolt-on consolidation opportunities to further optimise utilisation of existing infrastructure. In the Delaware Basin, the acquired assets provide crude oil and produced water gathering services in Loving, Ward and Winkler counties in Texas, complementary to Crestwood’s existing Nautilus natural gas gathering system and Desert Hills produced water gathering system.
Asset integration provides opportunity to realise approximately US$45 million in commercial and cost reduction synergies: Crestwood estimates it can capture overUS $20 million in incremental annual cash flow over the next several years through the successful integration of the Crestwood and Oasis Midstream assets. In the Williston Basin, Crestwood expects to physically connect its Arrow system with Oasis Midstream’s Wild Basin system and the combined footprint will have 430 million ft3/d of total processing capacity and current natural gas throughput of approximately 330 million ft3/d. This excess processing capacity eliminates potential processing constraints for existing Arrow customers and creates opportunities to more aggressively commercialise the Oasis Midstream assets as gas volumes across the basin continue to rapidly increase due to heightened gas capture efforts and rising gas-to-oil ratios. Additionally, Crestwood has identified approximately US$25 million in annual cost synergies that it expects to realise shortly after close in 2022, driven by operations and maintenance (O&M) reductions from the overlapping asset footprints and the elimination of duplicative G&A expenses.
Enhanced financial strength, flexibility and credit profile: This transaction increases Crestwood’s pro forma 2021E Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow by approximately 40%. The combined entity is expected to generate more than US$820 million in pro forma 2021E Adjusted EBITDA, which significantly enhances Crestwood’s financial strength and flexibility. The transaction will be deleveraging with an expected FY 2022 leverage ratio below 3.5x. This will result in a stronger balance sheet and substantial liquidity under Crestwood’s current revolving credit facility, providing even greater flexibility to execute its future business plans. This increased cash flow scale and enhanced credit profile is expected to be viewed positively by the rating agencies.
Accelerates return of capital strategy: Based on the long-term outlook of the combined business, the transaction drives substantial accretion to distributable cash flow (DCF) per unit, resulting in a robust distribution coverage ratio in FY 2022 in excess of 2.0x. As a result of the improved long-term free cash flow profile of the business, the combination will allow Crestwood to accelerate its return of capital strategy to its common unitholders. In connection with the close of the transaction, Crestwood expects to increase its common distribution to $2.62/unit annually, representing an approximate 5% increase year-over-year. Additionally, Crestwood continues to maintain flexibility under its previously announced US$175 million common and preferred unit buyback program to further enhance returns and cost of capital opportunistically.
Advances leading G&P sustainability initiatives: Following the close of the transaction, Crestwood will implement its MLP leading sustainability best practices as it assumes operatorship of the acquired assets in the Williston and Delaware Basins. This includes managing the acquired assets with an intense focus on flare minimisation and increased methane emissions monitoring, as well as a strong commitment to biodiversity, environmental stewardship, safety, and community engagement efforts. Additionally, Crestwood intends to incorporate material ESG metrics including a baseline of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from the acquired assets that it will publish in its 2021 sustainability report along with a strategy to further manage its carbon footprint across the Williston Basin.
Under the terms of the agreement, Oasis Petroleum Inc. (Oasis Petroleum) will receive US$150 million in cash plus an aggregate of 21.0 million common units in exchange for its 33.8 million common units held in Oasis Midstream. Oasis Midstream public unitholders will receive an aggregate of 12.9 million Crestwood common units in exchange for the 14.8 million Oasis Midstream common units outstanding. This represents a total transaction value of approximately US$1.8 billion, including the assumption of Oasis Midstream’s outstanding debt of approximately US$660 million as of 30 September, 2021. In addition, Oasis Petroleum will receive a US$10 million cash payment for its ownership of the General Partner interest of Oasis Midstream. Upon closing, Oasis Midstream former unitholders will own approximately 35% of Crestwood’s outstanding common units, of which, approximately 22% will be owned by Oasis Petroleum.
In connection with the transaction, Oasis Petroleum will receive the right to appoint two representatives to Crestwood’s Board of Directors, subject to on-going ownership thresholds. This transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both general partners of Crestwood and Oasis Midstream. The transaction terms were reviewed, negotiated and approved by the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Oasis Midstream. Additionally, Oasis Petroleum has agreed in a Support Agreement to vote its Oasis Midstream common units representing approximately 70% of Oasis Midstream common units in favor of the transaction.
J.P. Morgan Securities served as lead financial advisor, Intrepid Partners, LLC served as financial advisor, and Baker Botts L.L.P. served as legal advisor to Crestwood. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. served as financial advisors to Oasis Petroleum and its affiliates and Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. served as legal advisor to Oasis Petroleum and its affiliates. Jefferies served as financial advisor, and Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. served as legal advisor to the Conflicts Committee of Oasis Midstream.
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