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CNOOC Limited Announces Pricing of Guaranteed Notes Offering

HONG KONG, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

CNOOC Limited (the "Company", NYSE: CEO, SEHK: 00883, TSX: CNU) announced on April 23, 2014 (New York time) the pricing of its offering of US$4,000 million aggregate principal amount of guaranteed notes. The offering consists of US$1,250 million of 1.625% guaranteed notes due 2017, US$2,250 million of 4.250% guaranteed notes due 2024 and US$500 million of 4.875% guaranteed notes due 2044 (collectively, the "Notes"). The Notes will be issued by CNOOC Nexen Finance (2014) ULC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company incorporated in Nova Scotia, Canada, and will be guaranteed by the Company.

The net proceeds from this offering are expected to be approximately US$3,963.2 million. The proceeds are intended to be used in part for repaying all or part of a US$2.0 billion facility that was entered into for the purpose of repaying part of the bridge loan that financed the Company's acquisition of Nexen Inc.. The remaining proceeds, if any, will be used for general corporate purposes.

Application has been made to The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited for listing of, and permission to deal in, the Notes by way of debt issue to professional investors only. Listing of the Notes on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited is not to be taken as an indication of the merits of the Notes, the Company or CNOOC Nexen Finance (2014) ULC.

BOCI Asia Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch, Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and UBS AG, Hong Kong Branch are the joint lead managers and joint bookrunners for the offering.

The offering of the Notes is made pursuant to the Company's shelf registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-188261) filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "US SEC") on May 1, 2013, as amended by the post-effective amendment No. 1 to the registration statement filed with the US SEC on April 22, 2014. Copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717, telephone: 1-800-831-9146; Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Eleven Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010-3629, United States of America, telephone: 1-212-325-2000; Prospectus Group, Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch c/o Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005, telephone: 1-800-503-4611; Prospectus Department, Goldman Sachs & Co, 200 West Street, New York, NY 10282, telephone: 1-866-471-2526 / 1-212-902-9316; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, United States of America, telephone: 1-212-834-4533; Prospectus Department, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, 180 Varick Street, New York, New York 10014, telephone: 1-866-718-1649; or Fixed Income Syndicate, UBS Securities LLC, 677 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, Connecticut 06901, telephone: 1-203-719-1088 .

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Notes, nor will there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Notes to Editors: 

More information about the Company is available at http://www.cnoocltd.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding expected future events, business prospectus or financial results. The words "expect", "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "objective", "ongoing", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", "plans", "intends" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors the Company believes are appropriate under the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will meet the expectations and predictions of the Company depends on a number of risks and uncertainties which could cause the actual results, performance and financial condition to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including those associated with fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas prices, the exploration or development activities, the capital expenditure requirements, the business strategy, whether the transactions entered into by the Group can complete on schedule pursuant to its terms and timetable or at all, the highly competitive nature of the oil and natural gas industries, the foreign operations, environmental liabilities and compliance requirements, and economic and political conditions in the People's Republic of China. For a description of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see the documents the Company files from time to time with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including the 2013 Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on April 17, 2014.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The Company cannot assure that the results or developments anticipated will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected effect on the Company, its business or operations.

For further information:

Ms. Michelle Zhang
Deputy Manager, Media / Public Relations
CNOOC Limited
Tel: +86-10-8452-6642
Fax: +86-10-8452-1441
E-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Cathy Zhang
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Tel: +852-2894 6211
Fax: +852-2576 1990
E-mail: [email protected]


    (CNU. CEO)

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