DP World in talks to acquire oil and gas firm Topaz Energy1 min read . Updated: 30 Jun 2019, 10:38 PM IST
- A media report says a $1.3 billion deal could be announced as early as Monday
- An acquisition would end the prospect of Topaz listing in London
DUBAI : DP World Plc. is in “very advanced" discussions to acquire Topaz Energy & Marine Plc. in what would be the Dubai-based company’s first venture into the oil and gas sector.
The world’s largest port operator also said in a statement that there is no certainty of a transaction.
Sky News reported earlier that a $1.3 billion deal could be announced as early as Monday, without specifying whether the valuation was referring to the equity or enterprise value of the transaction.
Topaz, a unit of Oman’s Renaissance Services, operates in the Caspian Sea, the Middle East and West Africa, and has a fleet of 120 vessels.
DP World has been on an acquisition spree in the past 18 months, buying P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters in Europe and Puertos y Logistica in Chile. It also purchased an additional stake in DP World Australia and invested through its joint ventures in Canada and India.
An acquisition would end the prospect of Topaz listing in London.
Its Omani owner, Renaissance Services SAOG, had been exploring an initial public offering for the business as recently as September.
“We have a capital markets programme, and that has attracted interest from many other parties," Topaz chief executive officer (CEO) Rene Kofod-Olsen said on Sunday, adding that the company has been looking at various options.
The shares of DP World gained 1.8% in Dubai on Sunday, while those of Renaissance rose, before being suspended.
Deutsche Bank AG is advising DP World, while Rothschild and Co. is advising Topaz, Sky News reported.