Mergers and acquisitions
On Wednesday, Royal Dutch Shell said it will buy BG Group for $69.6 billion in cash and stock, in the first major oil merger in a decade. The deal represents a 50 percent premium on BG shares, and while it won't rocket the Anglo-Dutch company past the world's biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, it will make Shell the world's top producer of liquified natural gas, according to Shell CEO Ben ban Buerden.
Specifically, BG will boost Shell's proved oil and gas reserves by 25 percent, and Shell will have access to BG's Santos Basin offshore oil fields in Brazil, plus natural gas assets in East Africa and Australia. Shell says it expects the deal to close in early 2016.