As you know, Archaea Energy was founded with a mission to build the world’s leading RNG development company to reduce global emissions and make multi-generational sustainability impacts. In a very short period of time, we have grown rapidly to become an industry-leading RNG platform in the U.S.
Today we have reached another major milestone in our mission.
Moments ago, we announced that Archaea has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by bp, which will further enable this business to realize its full potential. The press release announcing the news is attached.
After a thorough review, our Board of Directors determined that this transaction, combining our RNG assets and strong development backlog with bp’s existing bioenergy business and deep operational and financial resources, is the best way to enable Archaea to achieve its full potential for all of our stakeholders, while maximizing value for the company’s shareholders.
From a strategic perspective, bp is a highly complementary partner and a great fit for us. bp provides Archaea access to unmatched, world-class platforms, capabilities and capital resources for acceleration of our growth plans. We expect that our business will benefit from access to bp’s trading capabilities and broad customer base, further helping many of bp’s customers achieve their decarbonization goals.
bp has made it clear how much they admire our company and you, our talented team. They believe there is so much potential ahead as we continue to push forward our drive to foster clean energy growth and promote domestic energy reliance. Bioenergy is one of bp’s key transition growth engines, and bp has said that Archaea will be integral to its expansion in this area. And while they are already a leading marketer of natural gas in North America, our integration will expand their capabilities and footprint globally, accelerating our evolution into international markets.
Importantly, today’s news is just the first step in the process of the transaction. Until the transaction closes, which we are targeting by the end of 2022 assuming receipt of all required approvals, we must continue to operate business as usual, as we remain two separate companies. As with most transactions of this nature, the agreement is subject to approval by Archaea’s shareholders and regulatory authorities and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
I know you will have questions about what this means for Archaea and each of you as employees. Please understand that we do not yet have all the answers and there is only so much we can say now. What’s most important now is that we move forward as a team and appreciate the incredible opportunity that lies ahead of us. We will provide updates as they become available throughout the close and integration processes, and seek to answer as many of your questions as we are able to in the coming days and weeks.
Later today, we will be holding a virtual town hall at 9:45 am CT to share more details about the transaction. I encourage you to tune in. We also have an email – firstname.lastname@example.org – dedicated to answering questions you may have following the Town Hall. We also encourage you to reach out to your manager following today’s virtual town hall.
As we enter this exciting new phase, I want to say “thank you” to all of you. Today’s news, and this incredible opportunity, would not be possible without all of your hard work and dedication. Our mission and the opportunities ahead are bigger than ever. I can’t wait to be a part of this next chapter with you.
|/s/ Nicholas Stork|
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This communication is made in respect of the pending merger involving Archaea Energy Inc. (the “Company”) and bp. The Company will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a proxy statement on Schedule 14A relating to its special meeting of stockholders and may file or furnish other documents with the SEC regarding the pending merger. When completed, a definitive proxy statement will be mailed to the Company’s stockholders. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE PROXY STATEMENT REGARDING THE PENDING MERGER AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PENDING MERGER.
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