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Pioneer and Evergreen in $2.1 Billion Energy Merger

The two exploration companies say the deal will be completed by the second half of this year.
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Pioneer Natural Resources

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Evergreen Resources

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Tuesday said they will merge in a $2.1 billion cash-and-stock deal.

The deal is worth $39 a share based on Pioneer's closing price of $33.52 a share on May 3. Under terms of the deal, Evergreen shareholders will have three options to convert their shares. The default option calls for Evergreen shareholders to receive approximately 0.58 shares of Pioneer common stock and $19.50 in cash for each of their shares.

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mentioned Evergreen as a possible acquisition target in a column published last month.

The energy companies said Evergreen will become a subsidiary of Pioneer, with the merger expected to be complete in the second half of this year.

Evergreen, whose principal focus is natural gas exploration in Colorado, will seek to sell its Kansas assets before the closing date of the merger. Pioneer has oil and natural gas operations in the U.S. and abroad.

Evergreen shares fell 51 cents, or 1.3%, to $40.12 in premarket trading.