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Acquisition of Hess' assets within PTTEP's rating tolerance: Moody’s

Moody's Investors Service says that PTT Exploration & Production Public Company Limited's (PTTEP) joint acquisition of Hess Corporation's assets in Indonesia can be accommodated under its Baa1 issuer and bond ratings with a stable outlook.

PTTEP is carrying out the acquisition with PT Pertamina (Baa3 stable). Hess Corporation is rated Baa2 with a stable outlook.

On Nov. 30, PTTEP and Pertamina announced a US$1.3 billion joint acquisition of Hess' offshore oil and gas fields in Indonesia, comprising a 75 percent stake in the Pangkah project and a 23 percent stake in the Natuna Sea A project. On a 50:50 basis, the acquisition cost to PTTEP is $650 million.

"PTTEP is already in the middle of executing a $15 billion capital expenditure program over 2013-2017 and the announced acquisition will increase it further by acquisition cost of $650 million and capex of $400-450 million over the next 5 years. However, there is no immediate ratings impact as the acquisition increases PTTEP's production and reserves immediately and the company is able to fund the acquisition using its cash balance," Vikas Halan, a Moody's vice president and senior analyst, said in an official release on Tuesday.

As of Sept. 30, PTTEP had $2.6 billion of cash and cash equivalents after it issued a $500 million bond in September.

PTTEP estimates its share of ongoing capital expenditure, of between $400 million and $450 million over the next five years, will be adequately covered by operating cash flows from the two projects, both of which have long-term gas sales agreements in place.

PTTEP has an ambitious target to achieve production of 600,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/day) by 2020 from 326,763 boe/day in the third quarter of 2013. The shortfall may require the company to make further acquisitions.

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