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5 Blue Chip Dividend Oil Stocks Could Be Acquired Next If Huge Oil Mergers Happen

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Last fall, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) made a monumental move, announcing its acquisition of oil shale titan Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) for a staggering $59.5 billion in an all-stock deal. This landmark agreement will establish Exxon Mobil as the largest U.S. oil field producer, ensuring a decade of cost-effective production.

Exxon Mobil’s latest acquisition marks a significant milestone in its history, surpassing even its purchase of Mobil in 1999 for $81 billion. This strategic move merges a powerhouse in the energy sector with one of the key players in the shale revolution, which has been instrumental in revitalizing U.S. production over the past fifteen years.

In a testament to the industry’s ever-evolving landscape, Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) swiftly followed Exxon’s footsteps, announcing its definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) in a substantial all-stock transaction valued at $53 billion.

This equates to $171 per share based on Chevron’s closing price on October 20, 2023. Under the terms of this agreement, Hess shareholders will receive 1.0250 shares of Chevron for each Hess share, with the total enterprise value, including debt, of the transaction standing at $60 billion.

We screened our 24/7 Wall St. energy research database and found five top companies that could be next as oil majors look to consolidate the industry and grow their oil, gas, and LNG footprint. All pay dependable dividends and all are rated Buy at top Wall Street firms. 

APA

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APA Corporation is the holding company for Apache Corporation, an American company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration.

This company was long considered an industry leader when they were known as Apache and is offering one of the best entry points in the sector while paying a 2.97% dividend. APA Corporation (NYSE: APA) explores for and produces oil and gas properties through its subsidiaries.

It has operations in the United States, Egypt, and the United Kingdom, as well as exploration activities offshore Suriname. It also operates gathering, processing, and transmission assets in West Texas and owns four Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipelines.

The company is one of the largest US E&P companies, with 2.3 BBOE of proven reserves (63% liquids). It is an acquirer/exploiter/explorer, a fiscally conservative company that has consistently grown its reserves and production via acquisitions and organic projects.

APA Corporation also operates gathering, compression, processing, and transmission assets in West Texas and owns four long-haul pipelines in the Permian Basin.

Coterra Energy

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Coterra Energy is a premier, diversified energy company that is well-positioned to deliver superior and sustainable returns.

This company was formed by closing the $17 billion merger of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. and Cimarex Energy Company in 2021 and pays a solid 2.98% dividend. Corterra Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRA) is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the development, exploration, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States.

It primarily focuses on the Marcellus Shale, which has approximately 177,000 net acres in the dry gas window of the play and is located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

The company also holds approximately 306,000 net acres of Permian Basin properties and approximately 182,000 net acres of Anadarko Basin properties in Oklahoma.

In addition, it operates natural gas and saltwater disposal gathering systems in Texas.

The company sells its natural gas to:

  • Industrial customers
  • Local distribution companies
  • Oil and gas marketers
  • Major energy companies
  • Pipeline companies
  • Power generation facilities

Devon Energy

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Devon Energy is a leading oil and gas producer in the U.S. with a premier multi-basin portfolio.

This energy company may offer one of the best value propositions in the sector as it utilizes the variable dividend strategy and currently pays a 4.44% dividend. Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN) is an independent energy company that primarily explores, develops, and produces oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and Canada. It operates approximately 19,000 wells.

The company also offers midstream energy services through:

  • Natural gas pipelines
  • Plants and treatment facilities
  • Gathering, transmission, processing, fractionation, and marketing to natural gas producers
  • NGLs
  • Crude oil
  • Condensate producers

Production is primarily crude oil-focused, while growth opportunities are focused on liquids. The Delaware Basin, SCOOP/STACK, Eagle Ford Shale, Canadian Oil Sands, and the Barnett anchor the company.

Devon also owns equity in the publicly traded midstream MLP EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE: ENLC)

Diamondback Energy

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Diamondback Energy is a company engaged in hydrocarbon exploration and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

This red-hot energy play looks poised to press higher again and offers a rich 4.13% dividend. Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FANG) is an independent oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, development, exploration, and exploitation of unconventional and onshore oil and natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin in West Texas.

Diamondback Energy is focused on developing:

  • The Spraberry and Wolfcamp formations of the Midland Basin and
  • The Wolfcamp and Bone Spring formations of the Delaware Basin, which are part of the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico

The company also owns, operates, develops, and acquires midstream infrastructure assets, including 770 miles of crude oil gathering pipelines, natural gas gathering pipelines, and an integrated water system in the Midland and Delaware Basins of the Permian Basin.

Marathon Petroleum

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation is an American petroleum refining, marketing, and transportation company headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

This company is a solid way for more conservative accounts to play the energy sector and pays shareholders a 1.48% dividend. Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MRO) operates as an independent exploration and production company in the United States and internationally.

The company engages in the exploration, production, and marketing of crude oil and condensate, natural gas liquids, and natural gas, as well as the production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquefied natural gas and methanol.

It also owns and operates 32 central gathering and treating facilities and the Sugarloaf gathering system, a 42-mile natural gas pipeline through Karnes and Atascosa Counties.

While it remains to be seen if Exxon Mobil and Chevron do indeed close the huge plays to acquire Pioneer Natural Resources and Hess Corporation, it’s a good bet that if they do, the competition will start thinking about doing the same; over the last 75 years there have been numerous big oil deals, and with prices on the move higher, and demand from China, India and other emerging markets expected to grow sequentially over the coming years, more deals could be on tap in the energy world.

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