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Case Title:

Unocal's Embattled Strategy: A Soft Takeover Target?

Publication Year : 2005

Authors: Shalini, Sumit Kumar Chaudhuri

Industry: Oil and Natural Gas


Case Code: COS0022

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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Until the end of 2004, US-based energy company, Unocal Corporation, was trailing behind its peers in share price, production and net income per barrel. But, on January 6 th 2005, its share price jumped by 10% when rumours spread about its probable acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), a leading energy company in China. The company had faced environmental problems, was accused of human rights abuses and also failed to meet its production targets.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the problems faced by Unocal that makes it a potential takeover target

Keywords : Unocal; China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC); Takeover; Energy companies; Managing in Troubled Times Case Study; Oil and natural gas company; Global demand for oil and natural gas; Consolidation in oil industry; Environmental problems; Human rights violations; China’s oil imports; Acquisition

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