France’s Total buys Denmark’s Maersk Oil for $7.5 billion


UBS analysts upgraded Total to “Buy” from “Neutral” after the Maersk deal

Total bought the assets at an average price of $7.3 per barrel of oil resources, implying a long-term Brent price of $62 per barrel.

“In the context of a global asset market dominated by U.S. unconventional and Canadian oil sands transactions this year, a conventional offshore deal stands out as an anomaly,” UBS said.


“The sale of another North Sea focused portfolio that was on the market, combined with Total’s clear commitment to the basin, emphasizes that competition for assets could remain high in spite of depressed oil prices,” UBS said.