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InsideArbitrage Potential Deal Alert: Australia’s Woodside (WDS) in talks with Santos (STOSF)

  • December 7, 2023


StockWoodside Energy Group LtdSymbolWDS
Date Announced12/07/2023Source Reuters
TypeNews Report

According to Reuters, Australia’s Woodside Energy (WDS) and Santos (STOSF) said they were in preliminary talks to create an A$80 billion ($52 billion) global oil and gas giant, as consolidation among international energy firms intensifies.

Woodside Energy Investor Relations

Santos Investor Relations


December 7, 2023: In response to recent media speculation, Woodside confirms it is in discussions regarding a potential merger with Santos Ltd.

February 1, 2024: According to Reuters, a large shareholder said Woodside (WDS) should walk away from its proposed $57 billion merger with Santos (STOSF) rather than pay a premium for its smaller rival. Fund manager Allan Gray Australia, which owns a ~A$700M stake in Woodside (WDS), said paying a premium for Santos would destroy value and is not in the best interests of its shareholders, the fund’s CIO told Reuters.

February 7, 2024: Australia’s Woodside Energy (WDS) and Santos said on Wednesday they had ended talks to create a possible A$80 billion ($52 billion) global oil and gas giant, and Santos flagged it would look for other ways to bolster its value. Woodside, which is more than twice as large as Santos by revenue and market capitalization, said it would only pursue a deal that would clearly benefit its shareholders.

February 23, 2024: According to a report from Asahi Shumbun, Western Digital (WDS) and Japanese chipmaker Kioxia are set to resume merger talks in late April.



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