From: Ian Austen and Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
Published March 23, 2009 12:28 PM

In Canada, 2 Oil Giants Plan Merger

Suncor Energy has agreed to acquire Petro-Canada in an all-stock deal worth about $15 billion, the companies announced Monday morning.

The merger will combine two of the largest operators in Canada’s oils sands which have high production costs and which have become a target of environmental groups.

Under the plan, Petro-Canada shareholders will receive 1.28 common shares of the expanded company for each share of Petro-Canada, while Suncor shareholders will receive new shares on a one-for-one basis. Petro-Canada shareholders will hold 40 percent of the enlarged company and Suncor shareholders will hold 60 percent.


In a statement, the companies said the merger was expected to save about $300 million a year. Like everyone in the energy business, both companies have seen prices and demand drop for their oil.

The end of Petro-Canada as an independent company would eliminate the last vestige of a ambitious, and highly controversial program, started by former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau during the 1970s to assert Canadian control over the country’s energy resources.

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