It seems everything is on the table now as BP (NYSE:BP) fights to raise enough cash to help pay for the mounting liabilities related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Originally they had announced the goal of selling about $10 billion in assets to handle the load, but they raised that projection Monday to about $20 billion.
Once thought untouchable, and among their choice assets - oil fields in the North Sea - could reportedly be put up for sale, with the French company Total eager to enlarge their presence in the region. It would also be an easy deal to do if BP decides to go in that direction.
Prudhoe Bay was almost sold to Apache (NYSE:APA), but that deal fell through, although Apache acquired other assets in a separate transaction.
With BP securing billions in credit from a number of different banks, it seems to imply they're wary of using that credit line to pay off liabilities, as it could put them in an even weaker position, and would be expensive to access.
However they do it, this does show BP is struggling to raise the needed capital to handle the situation, and will evidently become a much smaller and weaker company before it's all through.
This is important, as everyone knew they would be smaller before things were over, but assumed their top assets would remain under the company umbrella and be a foundation to build on in the future. That idea could very well fall apart if assets in the North Sea end up being sold.
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