California Resources Corporation Completes Combination With Aera Energy

California Resources Corporation Completes Combination With Aera Energy - Carbon Herald

California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) announced today the completion of the all-stock combination with Aera Energy, LLC (Aera). The issuance of shares was approved by CRC shareholders at a special meeting held on June 26, 2024, where CRC shareholders voted in favor of the stock issuance necessary for the closing of the combination of CRC and Aera.

“We are very pleased to welcome Aera’s team with decades of experience and a track record of successful, safe and environmentally sound operations into CRC,” said Francisco Leon, CRC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I want to thank the CRC and Aera employees for their work to complete a combination of this size. We believe this transformational deal creates significant scale and asset durability to meet California’s growing energy needs and expands our leading carbon management platform to help the Golden State meet its ambitious climate goals.

We remain confident in our ability to deliver $150 million in annual synergies from the combined businesses within 15 months post close and create meaningful long-term value for our shareholders. We look forward to updating the market on our continued progress in the months ahead.”

Second Quarter 2024 Production and Second Half 2024 Preliminary Outlook Update

The pro forma combined net daily production of California Resources Corporation and Aera Energy averaged 146 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboe/d) (79% oil) during the two months of April and May 2024.

The following table provides average daily net production and capital guidance for the combined business during the second half 2024. The guidance below remains subject to integration of accounting and reporting processes, including but not limited to conforming Aera’s accounting policies to CRC. CRC expects to provide updated full-year 2024 guidance with its second quarter 2024 earnings release.

Net Production (MBoe/d)140 – 146
Percentage Oil~78%
Capital ($ millions)$170 – $210

Effective July 1, 2024, Bobby Saadati, CEO of IKAV Energy Inc., and James Jackson, Managing Director, Sustainable Energies at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, were appointed to serve on CRC’s Board of Directors. The combined company will be run by the current CRC executive team and will continue to be headquartered in Long Beach, California.

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In connection with closing the transaction, CRC increased its borrowing base from $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion and increased the aggregate commitment amount from $630 million to $1.1 billion under its Revolving Credit Facility.

Pursuant to the terms of the definitive transaction agreement, Aera’s former equity owners (IKAV, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Oaktree Capital Management, LP.) received 21.3 million shares of common stock of CRC, with an aggregate value of $1,134 million based on the price per share as of market close on June 28, 2024.

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