Santos Limited (ASX:STO) Rejects Takeover Bid from Scepter; Shares Up 16 Percent


AUSTRALIA – Australian oil and gas producer Santos Limited (ASX:STO)’s stock soared 16.18 percent at noon on the Australian Stock Exchange after the company rejected a nonbinding takeover offer from Scepter Partners.


Santos Limited (ASX:STO)’s shares gained AUD0.88 in midday to trade at AUD6.32 apiece, with an intraday high of AUD6.56.

On Thursday, Santos Limited said it has rejected a nonbinding takeover offer from Scepter Partners.

In a disclosure to the Australian Stock Exchange, Santos Limited said its board has met to consider the proposal and decided to reject it.

“The proposal is considered to be opportunistic in nature and does not reflect the fair underlying asset value of the company,” Santos Limited disclosed.

Scepter Partners reportedly offered to acquire all of Santos for a cash consideration of AUD6.88 per share.

“The proposal was also subject to numerous conditions, some of which would be adverse to Santos’ continued evaluation of other alternatives in its current strategic review process,” the company added.

Santos Limited’s principal activity is the exploration for, and development, production, transportation and marketing of, hydrocarbons.

It has an Asian portfolio, with a focus on three core countries: Indonesia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. It has interests in four liquid natural gas (LNG) projects, comprising GLNG, PNG LNG, Darwin LNG and Bonaparte LNG. Its business units include Asia Pacific, Eastern Australia, GLNG, and Western Australia and Northern Territory. –