China has made its first tentative investment in Canada during 2005, when it purchased 16.7 percent share of the then-private oil sand developer MEG Energy with 120 million dollars. Today, reported by the Reutors, it is making a bigger move.
China’s top offshore oil producer CNOOC has agreed to buy Canada’s Nexen for about $15.1 billion in one of the most ambitious acquisitions by a Chinese company to date that may test Ottawa’s tolerance of foreign takeovers.
State-controlled CNOOC said it would pay $27.50 per common share, representing a 61 percent premium to Nexen’s closing price in New York on Friday.
“The aggregate value of the consideration of the proposed acquisition is approximately $15.1 billion (approximately HK$117.2 billion), and is to be payable in cash,” CNOOC said in a statement filed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.