(Bloomberg) — Galp Energia SGPS SA is considering a sale of its upstream operations in Angola, as Portugal’s biggest oil company seeks to streamline its hydrocarbon portfolio, according to people familiar with the matter.
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The company is working with a financial adviser to gauge interest in its assets in the African country, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. Galp has sent out marketing documents to potential suitors, the people said.
Angola is one of Galp’s key areas of upstream production, along with Brazil and Mozambique. The company has five projects sanctioned and six exploration licenses in the country, where it partners with other large oil companies. Galp’s Angolan assets have a net present value of about $295 million, according to estimates from Caixa Banco de Investimento SA.
“Unlike Brazil, Angola is not a growth area for Galp in the upstream business, but it is a solid cash provider. The news could be positive as it could monetize the company’s stake in mature fields,” Carlos Jesus, an analyst at CaixaBI, said Friday. “The company’s strategy is now more focused on energy transition, with core upstream assets located in the Brazilian pre-salt.”
Galp shares rose as much as 6.7% on Friday. The stock was up 4.3% at 4:22 p.m. in Lisbon, giving the company a market value of 9.6 billion euros ($10.2 billion).
Deliberations are in the early stages and there’s no certainty they’ll result in a sale, the people said. A representative for Galp declined to comment.
Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol has an indirect stake in Galp through the Amorim Energia venture, which holds 33% of the Portuguese group. Sonangol plans to remain an investor in Galp even as it sells dozens of assets to bolster its finances, Chairman Sebastiao Gaspar Martins said last year.
Galp has followed other large oil producers in expanding in renewable energy and acquired a stake in a portfolio of Spanish solar projects in 2020, when the Portuguese company also sold an interest in its natural gas distribution unit.
Andy Brown, Galp’s chief executive officer, said in February that the company wasn’t planning to continue with frontier exploration beyond the few wells it’s currently drilling.
It’s a good time to exit if Galp can sell its Angolan assets at the high point of the oil cycle, and the move will help with its focus on the energy transition over the medium to long term, according to Banco Santander SA. Galp also plans to expand in areas such as lithium, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and renewables, Santander analyst Jason Kenney said Friday.
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