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Enron Still May Sell EOG Interest

Enron Still May Sell EOG Interest

An April 2 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission suggests the rumored sale of Enron's controlling interest in Enron Oil & Gas (EOG) could be in the offing. In the filing, Enron said it is pondering EOG's potential sale among other possibilities for the exploration and production arm of the energy giant.

Following the receipt of a proposal from a third party to acquire EOG, a special committee was formed to determine the proposal's fairness. "Enron has been informed that the Special Committee's financial advisors have invited certain other third parties to review confidential information about the Issuer and have solicited indications of interest from those third parties with respect to one or more possible alternative transactions to the Proposal," the Enron filing says.

The filing says the committee has told Enron it is willing to consider alternatives to the third party proposal but has said it is not willing to recommend the proposal. "In light of the Special Committee's response, Enron has been meeting with its legal and financial advisors in order to determine whether the Proposal can be modified in a way that, taking into account tax and other structural matters, would be acceptable to Enron."

The company declined to comment further on the filing, which also makes clear a transaction may not happen at all.

In December Enron made an SC13D filing with the SEC stating it received an unsolicited offer for its 53.5% share of EOG, one of the largest independent gas producers in the U.S. (see Daily GPI Dec. 17, 1998). According to the solicitation, the unnamed third party would acquire Enron's shares in EOG and make an offer for all the outstanding shares. The third party also would require that Enron dispose of certain other assets.

Enron formed EOG in 1987 from its existing InterNorth and Houston Natural Gas units. It maintained full ownership until 1989 when it spun off a portion to the public to raise $200 million. EOG explores for and produces oil and gas in the United States, Canada, Trinidad and India. About 69% of its reserves are in North America while the rest are overseas.Enron formed EOG in 1987 from its existing InterNorth and Houston Natural Gas Units. It maintained full ownership until 1989 when it spun off a portion to the public to raise $200 million. EOG explores for and produces oil and gas in the United States, Canada, Trinidad and India. About 69% of its reserves are in North America while the rest are overseas.

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