Warrego Energy Limited (WGO, Warrego) refers to its announcement dated 14 November 2022
advising that it had entered into a Scheme Implementation Deed ("SID") with Beach Energy Limited
(BPT, Beach) under which Beach has agreed to acquire all the issued shares in Warrego by way
of scheme of arrangement (the “Scheme”). Under the Scheme, Warrego shareholders would receive:
- Cash consideration of $0.20 per share (the "Base Scheme Consideration"); and
- If Warrego's Spanish assets are sold, and such sale completes, within 12 months of
implementation of the Scheme, their pro-rata share of the proceeds of such sale net of costs and
The Base Scheme Consideration of $0.20 per share represents a 36% premium to Warrego’s 1-month
VWAP to 9 November 20221
. Importantly, the all cash consideration under the Beach proposal delivers
cash certain value to Warrego shareholders for their shares.
The Warrego Board has unanimously recommended that Warrego shareholders vote in favour of the
Scheme, in the absence of a Superior Proposal and subject to an Independent Expert concluding, and
continuing to conclude, that the Scheme is in the best interests of Warrego shareholders. Subject to
those same qualifications, each Warrego Director has confirmed that they intend to vote any shares that
they hold or control in favour of the Scheme.
Warrego provides certain clarifications and additional background for the benefit of its shareholders with
respect to the Scheme and the recommendation by its Board, and refers to certain questions that were
raised during Warrego's AGM held on 22 November 2022, regarding the Scheme.
1- The recommendation of the Scheme follows many months of discussions with
counterparties regarding a potential change of control transaction
At the Warrego AGM, suggestions were made by certain shareholders, including a representative of
Strike Energy Limited (STX, Strike) that the Warrego Board had not spent sufficient time assessing
the Beach proposal, and may not have adequately considered the relative merits of the Strike all scrip
proposal against the Beach cash bid. Warrego rejects that suggestion, and notes the following:
- The Warrego Board has been actively looking to unlock value for Shareholders which included
investigating the possibility of a change of control transaction for Warrego for many months prior
to entry into the Beach SID on 14 November 2022, and had granted non-exclusive due diligence
access to a number of parties during that period, including Strike and Beach, to enable them to
put forward proposals for the Company.
- As at 11 November 2022, Warrego had been in discussions with Strike for almost two months on
its non-binding and indicative all-scrip proposal. During that period, Strike had revised its
confidential and non-binding proposal a number of times, leading to its most recent proposal on
27 October 2022, which increased the exchange ratio from 0.7142 to 0.775 Strike shares for
each Warrego share. Warrego had also undertaken reverse due diligence on Strike and its
- During this period, Warrego had also provided due diligence to Beach, and had received an
earlier non-binding indicative proposal from Beach on 25 October 2022 at $0.17 per Warrego
share, which the Warrego Board considered but ultimately rejected. Warrego then, through its
advisers, sought an increased offer from Beach. As previously disclosed, on 11 November 2022,
Beach submitted a revised non-binding proposal at $0.20 per Warrego share, plus the right to
receive the net sale proceeds from the sale of Warrego's Spanish assets.
- Based on Strike’s closing share price of $0.25 on 11 November 2022 (the last trading day before
entry into the Beach SID), Beach’s cash consideration ($0.20 per share) was superior to the
implied value of Strike’s proposed scrip consideration ($0.194 per share).
- In these circumstances, it is not credible for Strike to now claim that Warrego had rushed its
assessment of Beach’s proposal, and had not adequately considered the relative merits of the
Strike all scrip proposal against the Beach cash bid before doing so. As shown from the above,
the Warrego Board had undertaken that process over an extended period, which included a
detailed review of Strike's non-West Erregulla assets and liabilities.
- Importantly, the Warrego Board's recommendation of the Beach offer is subject to no superior
proposal being received. If a competing proposal is received, and the Warrego Board forms the
view that the competing proposal is a superior proposal to the Beach offer, then, subject to
compliance with the provisions in the SID, including Beach's matching right, the Warrego
directors can change their recommendation to recommend that competing proposal. In these
circumstances, Warrego would then be required to pay the 1% break fee to Beach.
2- Beach’s cash proposal removes uncertainty associated both with the funding and
development of Warrego’s assets and, relative to the Strike proposal, removes the
uncertainties of Strike’s share price and the funding, appraisal and development of
Strike has suggested that Beach’s cash proposal is finite in nature and ignores the upside potential in
Strike's share price. Strike's proposal is a scrip proposal, so that the implied value of the proposal will
depend on the price of Strike's shares at any particular time. So while the Strike proposal would have
given Warrego shareholders exposure to any future increases in Strike's share price, it also would have
exposed them to any decline in Strike's share price in the future. In contrast, the Beach offer provides
Warrego shareholders with cash certain value for their shares.
It is also important to note that, under the Strike proposal, Warrego shareholders would be taking
exposure to Strike's other assets. Those other Strike assets include Strike's interest in the South
Erregulla field, and its proposed fertiliser plant (which it calls Project Haber), which does not have
financing and is at a conceptual stage only. There is no certainty that the development of these other
assets will proceed.
Having considered the upside and downsides of the Strike scrip proposal and Beach’s cash proposal, on
balance, the Warrego Board determined that the Beach proposal provided an attractive offer for all
shareholders due to the cash value being offered as well as the certainty of the value of that cash at the
time of completion of a transaction.
As mentioned in Warrego's announcement on 14 November 2022, the Scheme Booklet for the Beach
Scheme is expected to be sent to Warrego shareholders in January 2023. The Scheme Booklet will
include an independent expert's report on whether the Beach proposal is in the best interests of Warrego