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Chevron buys Noble Energy in US$5b deal

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OIL major Chevron Corp said on Monday that it agreed to buy Noble Energy Inc in an all-stock deal, valuing the Houston-based oil and gas producer at US$5 billion.

The offer values Noble at US$10.38 a share or 0.1191 Chevron share, a 7.5 per cent premium to Noble's Friday close. The deal would value Noble at roughly US$13 billion, including debt.

Noble's assets will expand Chevron's presence in the DJ Basin of Colorado and the Permian Basin across West Texas and New Mexico. They would also add to Chevron's assets in the eastern Mediterranean and West Africa and yield potential annual cost savings of US$300 million.

Chevron's offer comes more than a year after it was forced to abandon its takeover bid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, outmaneuvered by Occidental Petroleum Corp's higher offer.

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