Monster energy drink company buys $3 billion deal to buy up oil and gas
BY MARK BARKER | 07/25/2016 07:37:03The world’s largest energy drinks maker is buying up oil companies and other companies in a deal valued at $3.3 billion.
The deal, announced Wednesday by ExxonMobil, will allow Exxon to continue to invest in oil and natural gas exploration and production, according to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
“We believe the combination of ExxonMobil and other large producers will be a better bet for the long-term future of our business, while also ensuring the continued investment and growth of the U.S. economy,” Tillerson said in a statement.
The transaction, which is expected to close in about three months, is expected give ExxonMobil access to the world’s oil reserves and oilfield services.
ExxonMobil will now own the oil and oil fields that ExxonMobil acquired in 2016.
Exxon also plans to continue investing in the oil industry.
“ExxonMobil will be able to continue its leadership in exploration and development of unconventional resources, as well as to develop new technologies and technologies that will help us to meet our long-range plans,” Tillerson added.
“Our strategic plan is to remain a major player in the world of unconventional oil and will focus on exploration and the development of our new technologies,” Tillerson continued.
Tillerson said the deal would “help our company grow” and that Exxon has “no plans to sell” its shares in the deal.
Exxon is currently buying up about 4 million shares of its common stock, or about 6.8 percent of its outstanding stock.
It is also buying up a large amount of Exxon’s own stock, about 13.6 percent of which is owned by the company’s shareholders.
The deal comes at a time when the company is facing the fallout of the 2016 ExxonMobil Valdez oil spill, which led to the deaths of 11 people and nearly $1 billion in damage.
It was also the worst oil spill in U.K. history, according the BBC.
The company also announced plans to buy back some of its stock, including its long-held stakes in the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas.