ConocoPhillips To Buy Marathon Oil: What To Know

If ConocoPhillips' bid for Marathon Oil goes through, it will bring together two of the world's largest exploration and production companies.

Outside of ConocoPhillips building in Anchorage, Alaska, at night
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Another big M&A announcement in the oil patch is making news after ConocoPhillips (COP) said it will buy Marathon Oil (MRO) for $17.1 billion in stock. The deal includes $5.4 billion in debt, bringing the enterprise value of the transaction to approximately $22.5 billion. 

The purchase price represents a roughly 15% premium to Marathon stock's May 28 close at $26.45, sending its share price up by more than 9% Wednesday. COP stock, meanwhile, is down about 3%.

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Joey Solitro

Joey Solitro is a freelance financial journalist at Kiplinger with more than a decade of experience. A longtime equity analyst, Joey has covered a range of industries for media outlets including The Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha, Market Realist, and TipRanks. Joey holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.