(MENAFN- PR Newswire) HOUSTON, May 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Talos Energy Inc. ("Talos" or the "Company") (NYSE: talo ) today announced that Zamajal, S. A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Carso ("Carso"), has agreed to acquire a 49.9% interest in Talos's Mexican subsidiary ("Talos Mexico"), which holds the Company's 17.4% stake in Zama. Carso is one of the world's largest conglomerates and is headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. Talos will remain the controlling shareholder of Talos Mexico. The transaction is expected to close within the third quarter of 2023, as is subject to approval by Mexico's Federal Economic Competition Commission ("COFECE").
Purchase price of $124.75 million for the 49.9% stake, implying a minimum valuation of approximately $250.0 million for the full 17.4% stake in Zama, potentially increasing to $262.50 million if certain milestones are reached. $74.85 million will be paid at closing, with the remaining $49.90 million due at first production.
Talos President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Duncan commented: "We are thrilled to partner with Grupo Carso. Our relationship dates back to the 2015 offshore lease sales in Mexico. As we accelerate recent momentum and advance Zama toward FID and first production, we are confident that Carso is the right partner at the right time. Carso's investment is a testament to the economic potential of Zama, and the joint venture will also benefit from Carso's critical presence in Mexico and global commercial experience. We are excited about this broad partnership in Mexico."
Duncan continued: "This transaction establishes a baseline Zama valuation for Talos shareholders while providing material upfront cash proceeds. Most importantly, Talos shareholders retain significant valuation upside as we advance the project toward first production."
Talos announced in March 2023 that the Zama Unit Development Plan was submitted to Mexico's National Commission of Hydrocarbons for formal approval. Additionally, an Integrated Project Team ("IPT") comprised of individuals from all four Zama Unit Holders was established to manage the development and operation of Zama going forward. Talos will co-lead the planning, drilling, construction, and completion of all Zama wells as well as the planning, execution, and delivery of Zama's offshore infrastructure.
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Talos Energy (NYSE: talo ) is a technically driven independent exploration and production company focused on safely and efficiently maximizing long-term value through its operations, currently in the United States and offshore Mexico, both upstream through oil and gas exploration and production and downstream through the development of future carbon capture and storage opportunities. As one of the Gulf of Mexico's largest public independent producers, we leverage decades of technical and offshore operational expertise towards the acquisition, exploration and development of assets in key geological trends that are present in many offshore basins around the world. With a focus on environmental stewardship, we are also utilizing our expertise to explore opportunities to reduce industrial emissions through our carbon capture and storage initiatives along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. For more information, visit .
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