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Shell stakes $70 billion to acquire BG Group

09 April 2015, 11:14

Abuja - The Board of Royal Dutch Shell Plc on Wednesday announced its decision to acquire BG Group Plc, one of the world’s largest gas liquids companies.

Details of the planned acquisition ?are expected to be disclosed later on Wednesday during a formal briefing by the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Ben van Beurden.

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But the Boards of the two companies have already announced that they have agreed on the terms of a recommended cash and share offer to be made by Royal Dutch Shell plc for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of BG Group Plc.

The value of the proposed acquisition is put at almost $70 billion, which Shell said it would pay with 70 percent of its own shares and 30 percent in cash.

Shell said the price is a 50 percent premium to BG’s closing share price at the New York Exchange on Tuesday.

BG, formerly a part of British Gas, appears an attractive asset to Shell in view of its unique position in the industry as a major player in liquefied natural gas, LNG sector.

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