By David Winning 
 

SYDNEY--Santos Ltd. said it has completed the purchase of ConocoPhillips's assets in northern Australia for a reduced upfront purchase price of US$1.265 billion.

Santos has acquired the U.S. company's operations in northern Australia and East Timor, including a controlling stake in the Darwin liquefied-natural-gas export project. It had originally agreed to pay US$1.39 billion upfront for the assets.

Santos said Thursday the restructured deal involves a contingent payment US$200 million that will be due when the company makes a final investment decision on its Barossa natural-gas project, up from US$75 million when the transaction was originally agreed.

"At completion, the net settlement amount was US$655 million, lower than the previously forecast amount of US$800 million," Santos said in a regulatory filing.

The purchase price at completion was fully funded from cash and US$750 million of new two-year acquisition debt, Santos said.

 

Write to David Winning at david.winning@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

May 27, 2020 22:32 ET (02:32 GMT)

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