Form S-4
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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 28, 2012

Registration No. 333-          

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form S-4

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   1000   74-2480931

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation)

 

(Primary Standard Industrial

Classification Code Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

333 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85004-2189

(602) 366-8100

(Address, including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

 

Douglas N. Currault II

Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

333 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85004-2189

(602) 366-8100

(Name, Address, including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

 

 

With copies to:

 

David E. Shapiro, Esq.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

51 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019

(212) 403-1000

  

John F. Wombwell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Plains Exploration & Production Company

700 Milam, Suite 3100

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 579-6000

  

Michael E. Dillard
Sean T. Wheeler

Latham & Watkins LLP

811 Main Street, Suite 3700

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 546-5400

 

 

Approximate date of commencement of the proposed sale of the securities to the public: As soon as practicable after this Registration Statement becomes effective and upon completion of the merger described in the enclosed document.

If the securities being registered on this Form are being offered in connection with the formation of a holding company and there is compliance with General Instruction G, check the following box.  ¨

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ¨

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ¨

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of Each Class of

Securities to be Registered

  Amount
to be
Registered(1)
  Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
Per Share
of Common Stock
 

Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate

Offering Price(2)

 

Amount of

Registration Fee(2)

Common stock, par value $0.10 per share

  91,454,303   N/A   $2,891,387,498.98   $394,385.25

 

 

(1) The maximum number of shares of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (“FCX”) common stock estimated to be issuable upon the completion of the IMONC LLC / Plains Exploration & Production Company (“PXP”) merger described herein. This number is based on the number of shares of PXP common stock estimated to be outstanding, or reserved for issuance under various plans, immediately prior to completion of the merger, and the exchange of each share of PXP common stock and share of PXP common stock reserved for issuance under various plans for cash and shares of FCX common stock pursuant to the formula set forth in the Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “merger agreement”), dated as of December 5, 2012, by and among FCX, IMONC LLC and PXP and the letter agreements entered into by FCX, PXP and PXP’s named executive officers concurrently with the execution of the merger agreement based on the closing price of FCX common stock on December 21, 2012.
(2) Estimated solely for purposes of calculating the registration fee required by Section 6(b) of the Securities Act, and calculated pursuant to Rules 457(f)(1), 457(f)(3) and 457(c) under the Securities Act, the proposed maximum aggregate offering price of the Registrant’s common stock was calculated based upon the market value of shares of PXP common stock (the securities to be cancelled in the merger) in accordance with Rule 457(c) under the Securities Act as follows: (A) the product of (1) $45.61, the average of the high and low prices per share of PXP common stock on December 21, 2012, as quoted on the New York Stock Exchange, multiplied by (2) 136,042,318, the maximum number of shares of PXP common stock which may be exchanged in the merger, less (B) the amount of cash to be paid by the Registrant in exchange for shares of PXP common stock (which equals $3,313,502,625).

 

 

The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such dates as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 


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The information in this proxy statement/prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell the securities offered by this proxy statement/prospectus until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This proxy statement/prospectus does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction where an offer or solicitation is not permitted.

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED DECEMBER 28, 2012

 

LOGO

MERGER PROPOSED—YOUR VOTE IS VERY IMPORTANT

Dear Stockholder:

On December 5, 2012, Plains Exploration & Production Company (“PXP”) agreed to merge with and into IMONC LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (“FCX”). We are sending you this proxy statement/prospectus to invite you to attend a special meeting of PXP stockholders being held to vote on the merger and to ask you to vote at the special meeting in favor of the merger.

If the merger is completed, PXP will merge with and into IMONC LLC, with IMONC LLC surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX, and you will be entitled to elect to receive your merger consideration in the form of cash or FCX common stock. Subject to the election, adjustment and proration procedures described in this document, you will be entitled to receive, in exchange for each share of PXP common stock you hold at the time of the merger, consideration, without interest, with a value equal to the sum of (i) $25.00 and (ii) 0.6531 multiplied by the average closing price of FCX common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger. We expect that the merger will generally be tax-free to you as to any shares of FCX common stock you receive in the merger and generally taxable to you as to any cash you receive.

The implied value of the merger consideration will fluctuate with the market price of FCX common stock. As explained in more detail in this document, whether you make a cash election, a stock election or no election, the value of the consideration you will receive as of the completion date of the merger will be substantially the same based on the average FCX closing price for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger.

As an example, if the average closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger is $            , which was the closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE on                         , 2013 (the most recent practicable date prior to the mailing of this proxy statement), each share of PXP common stock would be converted into the right to receive either approximately $             in cash or approximately             shares of FCX common stock. Based on that FCX closing price, the             shares of FCX common stock would have a market value of approximately $            . As an additional example, if the average closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger is $38.28, which was the closing price for FCX common stock on December 4, 2012 (the last trading day prior to the announcement of the merger), each share of PXP common stock would be converted into the right to receive either $50.00 in cash or approximately 1.3062 shares of FCX common stock. Based on that FCX closing price, the approximately 1.3062 shares of FCX common stock would have a market value of approximately $50.00. A chart showing the cash and stock merger consideration at various hypothetical closing prices of FCX common stock is provided on page 7 of this document.

The market prices of both FCX common stock and PXP common stock will fluctuate before the merger. You should obtain current stock price quotations for FCX common stock and PXP common stock. FCX common stock is quoted on the NYSE under the symbol “FCX” and PXP common stock is quoted on the NYSE under the symbol “PXP.”

The special meeting of the stockholders of PXP will be held at                         , at                         , local time, on                         , 2013. Your vote is important. An affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of


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PXP’s common stock entitled to vote as of the record date is required to adopt the merger agreement. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the special stockholders’ meeting, please take the time to vote your shares in accordance with the instructions contained in this document.

Under Delaware law, if the merger is completed, holders of shares of PXP common stock who do not vote in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement may, under certain circumstances, have the right to seek appraisal of the fair value of their shares, but only if they submit a written demand for such an appraisal prior to the vote on the merger agreement and they comply with other Delaware law procedures and requirements explained in this document.

The PXP board of directors has unanimously determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the merger, are in the best interests of PXP and its stockholders, and recommends that the PXP stockholders adopt the merger agreement.

This document describes the special meeting, the merger, the documents related to the merger and other related matters. Please carefully read this entire document, including “Risk Factors” beginning on page  29, for a discussion of the risks relating to the proposed merger. You also can obtain information about FCX and PXP from documents that each company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

James C. Flores

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Plains Exploration & Production Company

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the FCX common stock to be issued under this document or determined if this document is accurate or adequate. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The date of this document is                     , 2013, and it is first being mailed or otherwise delivered to PXP stockholders on or about                     , 2013.


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LOGO

PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

700 Milam, Suite 3100

Houston, Texas 77002

(713) 579-6000

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON                 , 2013

Plains Exploration & Production Company will hold a special meeting of stockholders at                 , at                 , local time, on                 , 2013 to consider and vote upon the following proposals:

 

   

to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 5, 2012, by and among Plains Exploration & Production Company (“PXP”), Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (“FCX”) and IMONC LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX (“Merger Sub”), as such agreement may be amended from time to time (the “merger agreement”), which provides for, among other things, the merger of PXP with and into IMONC LLC, with IMONC LLC surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX;

 

   

to consider and cast an advisory (non-binding) vote on the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger;

 

   

to approve the adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; and

 

   

to transact such other business as may properly come before the special meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

The PXP board of directors has fixed the close of business on                 , 2013 as the record date for the special meeting. Only PXP stockholders of record at that time are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the special meeting, or any adjournment or postponement of the special meeting.

A majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote as of the record date is required to adopt the merger agreement. Regardless of whether you plan to attend the special meeting, please submit your proxy with voting instructions. Please vote as soon as possible. If you hold stock in your name as a stockholder of record, please complete, sign, date and return the accompanying proxy card in the enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope. You may also authorize a proxy to vote your shares by either visiting the website or calling the toll-free number shown on your proxy card. If you hold your stock in “street name” through a bank or broker, please direct your bank or broker to vote in accordance with the instructions you have received from your bank or broker. This will not prevent you from voting in person, but it will help to secure a quorum and avoid added solicitation costs. Any holder of PXP common stock who is present at the special meeting may vote in person instead of by proxy, thereby canceling any previous proxy. In any event, a proxy may be revoked in writing at any time before its exercise at the special meeting in the manner described in the accompanying document.

The PXP board of directors recommends that the PXP stockholders vote:

 

   

“FOR” the proposal to adopt the merger agreement;

 

   

“FOR” the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger; and


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“FOR” any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement.

 

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
John F. Wombwell
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
                , 2013

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. PLEASE VOTE YOUR SHARES PROMPTLY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE SPECIAL MEETING. YOU CAN FIND INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD.


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REFERENCES TO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This document incorporates important business and financial information about FCX and PXP from documents that are not included in or delivered with this document. You can obtain documents incorporated by reference in this document, other than certain exhibits to those documents, by requesting them in writing or by telephone from the appropriate company at the following addresses:

 

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

333 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 366-8100

Email: fcx_communications@fmi.com

 

Plains Exploration & Production Company

700 Milam, Suite 3100

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 579-6000

Email: investor@pxp.com

You will not be charged for any of these documents that you request. PXP stockholders requesting documents should do so by                 , 2013, in order to receive them before the special meeting.

See “Where You Can Find More Information.”


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SUMMARY

     6   

FREEPORT-McMoRan COPPER & GOLD INC. SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

     16   

PLAINS EXPLORATION  & PRODUCTION COMPANY SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

     22   

PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA RESERVE DATA

     26   

SUMMARY SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

     27   

UNAUDITED COMPARATIVE PER SHARE DATA

     28   

RISK FACTORS

     29   

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

     34   

THE PXP SPECIAL MEETING

     36   

PROPOSAL NO. 1—THE MERGER

     39   

Background of the Merger

     39   

FCX’s Reasons for the Merger

     46   

PXP’s Reasons for the Merger; Recommendation of the PXP Board of Directors

     49   

Opinion of PXP’s Financial Advisor

     52   

Certain Unaudited Financial Forecasts Prepared by the Management of PXP

     66   

Certain Unaudited Financial Information Prepared by the Management of FCX

     68   

Board of Directors and Management of FCX Following Completion of the Merger

     69   

Public Trading Markets

     69   

Appraisal Rights

     69   

Regulatory Approvals Required for the Merger

     73   

PXP’s Directors and Officers Have Financial Interests in the Merger

     74   

Litigation Relating to the Merger

     84   

THE MERGER AGREEMENT

     87   

Terms of the Merger

     87   

Closing and Effective Time of the Merger

     87   

Consideration To Be Received in the Merger

     87   

Treatment of PXP Equity-Based Awards

     91   

Conversion of Shares; Exchange of Certificates; Elections as to Form of Consideration

     92   

Representations and Warranties

     93   

Definition of Material Adverse Effect

     95   

Covenants and Agreements

     95   

Reasonable Best Efforts of PXP to Obtain the Required Shareholder Vote

     98   

Agreement Not to Solicit Other Offers

     100   

Expenses and Fees

     100   

Employee Matters

     100   

Indemnification and Insurance

     101   

Conditions to Complete the Merger

     102   

Termination of the Merger Agreement

     102   

Termination Fee

     103   

Amendment, Waiver and Extension of the Merger Agreement

     104   

Voting and Support Agreement

     104   

ACCOUNTING TREATMENT

     104   

UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     105   

MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE MERGER

     114   

PROPOSAL NO. 2—ADVISORY VOTE REGARDING MERGER-RELATED COMPENSATION FOR PXP NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

     118   

PROPOSAL NO. 3—ADJOURNMENT OF THE SPECIAL MEETING

     119   

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANIES

     120   

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

     120   

Plains Exploration & Production Company

     120   

COMPARISON OF STOCKHOLDERS’ RIGHTS

     121   

AUTHORIZED AND OUTSTANDING CAPITAL STOCK

     121   

BUSINESS COMBINATIONS

     121   

AMENDMENT TO THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION

     122   

AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS

     122   

SPECIAL MEETINGS OF STOCKHOLDERS

     123   

STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS AND NOMINATIONS

     123   

STOCKHOLDER ACTION BY WRITTEN CONSENT

     123   

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     123   

Number of Directors

     123   

Classification

     124   

Removal

     124   

Vacancies

     124   

Special Meetings of the Board

     124   

Director Liability and Indemnification

     124   

STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN

     125   

CUMULATIVE VOTING

     126   

COMPARATIVE MARKET PRICES AND DIVIDENDS

     127   

LEGAL MATTERS

     128   

EXPERTS

     128   

OTHER MATTERS

     129   

RESERVES

     129   

PXP 2013 ANNUAL MEETING STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

     129   

STOCKHOLDERS SHARING AN ADDRESS

     129   

COMMISSION POSITION ON INDEMNIFICATION FOR SECURITIES ACT LIABILITIES

     129   

WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

     130   

PART II INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS

     II-1   

SIGNATURES

     II-5   

EXHIBIT INDEX

     II-7   

ANNEX A: AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

     A-1   

ANNEX B: OPINION OF BARCLAYS CAPITAL INC.

     B-1   

ANNEX C: SECTION 262 OF THE GENERAL CORPORATION LAW OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE

     C-1   

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETING

The questions and answers below highlight only selected procedural information from this document. They do not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read carefully the entire document and the additional documents incorporated by reference into this document to fully understand the voting procedures for the special meeting.

 

Q: What is the proposed transaction for which I am being asked to vote?

 

A: You are being asked to adopt the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 5, 2012 (the “merger agreement”), by and among Plains Exploration & Production Company (“PXP”), Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (“FCX”) and IMONC LLC, which provides for, among other things, the merger of PXP with and into IMONC LLC, with IMONC LLC surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX.

 

Q: What do I need to do now?

 

A: With respect to the meeting, after you have carefully read this document and have decided how you wish to vote your shares, please vote your shares promptly. If you hold stock in your name as a stockholder of record, you must complete, sign, date and mail your proxy card in the enclosed postage paid return envelope as soon as possible. You may also authorize a proxy to vote your shares by telephone or through the Internet as instructed on the proxy card. If you hold your stock in “street name” through a bank or broker, you must direct your bank or broker to vote in accordance with the instructions you have received from your bank or broker. Submitting your proxy card, authorizing a proxy by telephone or through the Internet, or directing your bank or broker to vote your shares will ensure that your shares are represented and voted at the special meeting.

With respect to the merger, you should complete and return the election form, together with your stock certificates, to Computershare Trust Company N.A., the exchange agent for the merger, according to the instructions printed on the form or, if your shares are held in “street name,” according to your broker’s instructions.

 

Q: When must I elect the type of merger consideration that I prefer to receive?

 

A: If you wish to elect the type of merger consideration you receive in the merger, you should carefully review and follow the instructions set forth in the form of election, which is being mailed to PXP stockholders together with this document. You will need to sign, date and complete the election form and transmittal materials and return them to the exchange agent, Computershare Trust Company N.A., at the address given in the materials, together with the certificates representing shares of PXP common stock, prior to the election deadline. The election deadline will be                     , 2013 or such other date as the parties agree. If you do not submit a properly completed and signed form of election to the exchange agent by the election deadline, you will have no control over the type of merger consideration you may receive, and consequently, may receive only cash, only FCX common stock or a combination of cash and FCX common stock in the merger. If you hold shares in “street name,” you will have to follow your broker’s instructions to make an election.

 

Q: If I am a PXP stockholder, should I send in my PXP stock certificates with my proxy card?

 

A: No. Please DO NOT send your PXP stock certificates with your proxy card. You should carefully review and follow the instructions set forth in the form of election, which is being mailed to PXP stockholders together with this document, regarding the surrender of your share certificates. You should then, prior to the election deadline, send your PXP common stock certificates to the exchange agent, together with your completed, signed form of election.

 

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Q: Are PXP stockholders entitled to appraisal rights?

 

A: Yes. PXP stockholders may exercise appraisal rights in connection with the merger under Delaware law by following the procedures required under Delaware law as described in this proxy statement/prospectus.

 

Q: Why is my vote important?

 

A: Because the presence at the special meeting of holders, present in person or represented by proxy, of a majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote at the special meeting, is necessary to constitute a quorum, and because the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote is necessary to complete the merger, every stockholder’s vote is important. The PXP board of directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; “FOR” the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger; and “FOR” any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement.

 

Q: If my shares of common stock are held in street name by my broker, will my broker automatically vote my shares for me?

 

A: No. Your broker cannot vote your shares without instructions from you. You should instruct your broker as to how to vote your shares, following the directions your broker provides to you. Please check the voting form used by your broker.

 

Q: What if I fail to instruct my broker?

 

A: If you do not provide your broker with instructions, your broker generally will not be permitted to vote your shares on the merger proposal or the advisory proposal (a so-called “broker non-vote”).

Because the required vote to adopt the merger agreement is based upon the number of PXP shares issued and outstanding on the record date and entitled to vote, and the required vote for adjournment of the special meeting is based upon the number of PXP shares held by stockholders present, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote and not the number of PXP shares that are actually voted, the failure to provide your broker instructions will have the same effect as a vote cast against such proposals. With respect to the advisory proposal, only those votes cast “for” and “against” the proposal are counted and, accordingly, a failure to provide your broker instructions will have no effect on the vote to approve the advisory proposal. “Broker non-votes,” if any, are submitted by brokers or nominees in connection with the special meeting, will be treated as present for quorum purposes.

 

Q: Can I attend the special meeting and vote my shares in person?

 

A: Yes. All stockholders, including stockholders of record and stockholders who hold their shares through banks, brokers, nominees or any other holder of record, are invited to attend the special meeting. Holders of record of PXP common stock can vote in person at the special meeting. If you are not a stockholder of record, you must obtain a proxy, executed in your favor, from the record holder of your shares, such as a broker, bank or other nominee, to be able to vote in person at the special meeting. If you plan to attend the special meeting, you must hold your shares in your own name or have a letter from the record holder of your shares confirming your ownership and you must bring a form of personal photo identification with you in order to be admitted. PXP reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone without proper proof of share ownership and without proper photo identification.

 

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Q: Can I change my vote?

 

A: Yes. You may revoke any proxy at any time before it is voted by (1) signing and returning a proxy card with a later date, or by submitting another proxy via the Internet or by telephone, (2) delivering a written revocation letter to the Secretary of PXP, or (3) attending the special meeting in person, notifying the Secretary and voting by ballot at the special meeting. The mailing address of PXP’s Secretary is 700 Milam, Suite 3100, Houston, Texas 77002.

 

     Any stockholder entitled to vote in person at the special meeting may vote in person regardless of whether a proxy has been previously given, and such vote will revoke any previous proxy, but the mere presence (without notifying the Secretary of PXP and voting by ballot) of a stockholder at the special meeting will not constitute revocation of a previously given proxy.

 

Q: When do you expect to complete the merger?

 

A: We expect to complete the merger in the second quarter of 2013. However, we cannot assure you when or if the merger will occur. Among other things, we cannot complete the merger until we obtain the approval of PXP stockholders at the special meeting.

 

Q: What will be the management structure of the combined company following completion of the merger?

 

A: James R. Moffett, Chairman of FCX and Co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McMoRan Exploration Co. (“MMR”), will continue as Chairman of the combined company. B. M. “Mack” Rankin, Jr. will continue in his role as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the combined company. Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer of FCX and Co-chairman of MMR, will continue as President and Chief Executive Officer and will be appointed Vice Chairman of the combined company. James C. Flores, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PXP, will be Vice Chairman of the combined company and Chief Executive Officer of its oil and gas operations. Kathleen L. Quirk will continue as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the combined company. At closing, the combined company will add to its board of directors James C. Flores and two other members from PXP’s board.

 

Q: Where will the headquarters of the combined company be?

 

A: The corporate headquarters of the combined company will be located in Phoenix, Arizona, and the combined company expects to maintain offices in Houston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana and elsewhere to support its oil and gas operations and certain administrative functions.

 

Q: How does the proposed merger relate to FCX’s proposed merger with MMR?

 

A: On December 5, 2012, FCX entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with MMR and INAVN Corp., a Delaware corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of FCX (as amended from time to time, the “MMR merger agreement”), pursuant to which INAVN Corp. will merge with and into MMR, with MMR surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX (the “MMR merger”). Concurrently with the filing of this proxy statement/prospectus, a proxy statement/prospectus is being filed in connection with the MMR merger that will be mailed to stockholders of MMR. The MMR merger is a separate transaction and the completion of the MMR merger is not a condition to the completion of the merger, and the completion of the merger is not a condition to the completion of the MMR merger.

 

Q: Whom should I call with questions about the special meeting or the merger?

 

A: PXP stockholders should call                 , PXP’s proxy solicitor, at                  with any questions about the merger and related transactions.

 

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SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this document and may not contain all of the information that is important to you. We urge you to carefully read the entire document and the other documents to which we refer in order to fully understand the merger and the related transactions. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The Merger

The terms and conditions of the merger are contained in the merger agreement, which is attached as Annex A to this document. Please carefully read the merger agreement as it is the legal document that governs the merger.

PXP Will Merge with and into IMONC LLC, a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of FCX

We are proposing the merger of PXP with and into Merger Sub, with Merger Sub continuing as the surviving company and a wholly owned subsidiary of FCX.

PXP Stockholders Will Receive Cash and/or Shares of FCX Common Stock in the Merger Depending on Their Election and Any Proration

You will have the right to elect to receive merger consideration, without interest, for each of your shares of PXP common stock in the form of cash or shares of FCX common stock, subject to proration in the circumstances described below. In the event of proration, you may receive all or a portion of the merger consideration in a form other than that which you elected.

The implied value of the merger consideration will fluctuate with the market price of FCX common stock and will be determined based on the average closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger. As explained in more detail in this document, whether you make a cash election or a stock election, the value of the consideration you receive as of the completion date of the merger will be substantially the same based on the average FCX closing price used to calculate the merger consideration. You may specify different elections with respect to different shares that you hold (if, for example, you own 100 shares of PXP common stock, you could make a cash election with respect to 50 shares and a stock election with respect to the other 50 shares).

As an example, based on the average of the closing prices of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days ending on                 , 2013, for each share of PXP common stock held, you would receive either approximately $             in cash or                  shares of FCX common stock, subject to possible proration. We will compute the actual amount of cash and number of shares of FCX common stock that each PXP stockholder will receive in the merger using the formula contained in the merger agreement. For a summary of the formula contained in the merger agreement, see “The Merger Agreement—Consideration To Be Received in the Merger.”

Set forth below is a table showing the consideration that you would receive in a cash election, on the one hand, or in a stock election, on the other hand, under the merger consideration formula if the actual average of the closing prices of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger were equal to the hypothetical range contained in the table. The table does not reflect the fact that cash will be paid instead of fractional shares. As described below, regardless of whether you make a cash election or a stock election, you may nevertheless receive a mix of cash and stock.

 

 

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Cash Election:

  OR  

Stock Election: Stock Consideration per share

Hypothetical Ten-Day
Closing Prices

of FCX

Common Stock

 

Cash

Consideration

Per

Share

     

Shares of FCX

Common Stock

 

Market Value (*)

$25.00

  $41.33     1.6531   $41.33

$26.00

  $41.98     1.6146   $41.98

$27.00

  $42.63     1.5790   $42.63

$28.00

  $43.29     1.5460   $43.29

$29.00

  $43.94     1.5152   $43.94

$30.00

  $44.59     1.4864   $44.59

$31.00

  $45.25     1.4596   $45.25

$32.00

  $45.90     1.4344   $45.90

$33.00

  $46.55     1.4107   $46.55

$34.00

  $47.21     1.3884   $47.21

$35.00

  $47.86     1.3674   $47.86

$36.00

  $48.51     1.3475   $48.51

$37.00

  $49.16     1.3288   $49.16

$38.00

  $49.82     1.3110   $49.82

$39.00

  $50.47     1.2941   $50.47

$40.00

  $51.12     1.2781   $51.12

$41.00

  $51.78     1.2629   $51.78

$42.00

  $52.43     1.2483   $52.43

$43.00

  $53.08     1.2345   $53.08

$44.00

  $53.74     1.2213   $53.74

$45.00

  $54.39     1.2087   $54.39

 

* Market value based on hypothetical ten-day average closing price on the NYSE of FCX common stock.

The examples above are illustrative only. The value of the merger consideration that you actually receive will be based on the actual average closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger, as described below. The actual average closing price may be outside the range of the amounts set forth above, and as a result, the actual value of the merger consideration per share of FCX common stock may not be shown in the above table.

Regardless of Whether You Make a Cash Election or a Stock Election, You May Nevertheless Receive a Mix of Cash and Stock

The aggregate number of shares of FCX common stock that will be issued in the merger is approximately 86.6 million, and the aggregate amount of cash that will be paid in the merger will be approximately $3.31 billion, in each case subject to adjustment for changes in the number of PXP shares held in treasury and for exercises and forfeitures of certain PXP equity-based awards prior to the completion date of the merger and exclusive of certain shares of PXP common stock and PXP RSUs subject to the terms of certain letter agreements entered into by PXP, FCX and PXP’s named executive officers as described under “Proposal No. 1—The Merger—PXP’s Directors and Officers Have Financial Interests in the Merger—Employment Agreements and Letter Agreements.” As a result, if more PXP stockholders make valid elections to receive either FCX common stock or cash than is available as merger consideration under the merger agreement, those PXP stockholders electing the oversubscribed form of consideration will have the oversubscribed consideration proportionately reduced and substituted with consideration in the other form, despite their election.

 

 

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What Holders of PXP Equity-Based Awards Will Receive

Pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement, each restricted share of PXP common stock that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger (the “PXP Restricted Stock”), and each PXP restricted stock unit that has been granted or contractually promised by PXP as of the date of the merger agreement and that is outstanding immediately prior to or upon the effective time of the merger (the “PXP RSUs”) that would be settled in shares of PXP common stock absent the merger (collectively, the “Stock-Settled PXP RSUs”) (except for certain PXP RSUs held by each of the PXP named executive officers identified below) will become fully vested and be converted into the right to receive, at the election of the holder, cash consideration or stock consideration, subject to proration. Certain PXP RSUs held by each of the named executive officers of PXP as of the date of the merger agreement will become fully vested and will be converted into the right to receive cash consideration or stock consideration, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in certain letter agreements among each such named executive officer, FCX and PXP, which are described in further detail below. Each PXP RSU that would be settled in cash absent the merger (collectively, the “Cash-Settled PXP RSUs”) will become fully vested in accordance with the terms of the applicable award agreement and be converted into the right to receive cash in an amount equal to the cash consideration.

Each stock appreciation right relating to shares of PXP common stock outstanding and unexercised as of the effective time of the merger will become fully vested and be converted into a stock appreciation right relating to shares of FCX common stock as described in the merger agreement.

Each compensatory equity award granted or issued by PXP after the date of the merger agreement and prior to the effective time of the merger will be converted into the same type of award covering shares of FCX common stock as described in the merger agreement, with the same terms and conditions as prior to the completion of the merger.

In Order To Make a Valid Election, You Must Properly Complete and Deliver the Form of Election

If you wish to elect the type of merger consideration you prefer to receive in the merger, you should carefully review and follow the instructions set forth in the form of election, which is being mailed to PXP stockholders together with this document. You will need to sign, date and complete the election form and transmittal materials and return them to the exchange agent at the address given in the materials, together with the certificates representing shares of PXP common stock (or a properly completed notice of guaranteed delivery) prior to the election deadline. The form of election also includes delivery instructions for shares held in book-entry form. You should NOT send your stock certificates with your proxy card.

The election deadline will be                 , 2013 or such other date as the parties agree. If you do not submit a properly completed and signed form of election to the exchange agent by the election deadline, you will have no control over the type of merger consideration you may receive, and, consequently, may receive only cash, only FCX common stock or a combination of cash and FCX common stock in the merger. If you hold shares in “street name,” you will have to follow your broker’s instructions to make an election.

Once you have tendered your PXP stock certificates to the exchange agent, you may not transfer your shares of PXP common stock represented by those stock certificates until the merger is completed, unless you revoke your election by written notice to the exchange agent that is received prior to the election deadline. If the merger is not completed and the merger agreement is terminated, stock certificates will be returned by the exchange agent.

If you are a registered PXP stockholder and fail to submit a properly completed form of election, together with your PXP stock certificates (or a properly completed notice of guaranteed delivery), prior to the election

 

 

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deadline, you will be deemed not to have made an election. As a non-electing holder, you will be paid merger consideration in an amount per share that is equivalent in value to the amount paid per share to holders making elections, but you may be paid all in cash, all in FCX common stock, or in part cash and in part FCX common stock, depending on the remaining pool of cash and FCX common stock available for paying the merger consideration after honoring the cash elections and stock elections that other stockholders have made, and without regard to your preference.

The Merger Has Been Structured to Be Tax-Free to PXP Stockholders to the Extent They Receive FCX Common Stock

The exchange by U.S. holders of PXP common stock for FCX common stock has been structured to be generally tax-free for U.S. federal income tax purposes, except that:

 

   

U.S. holders of PXP common stock that receive both cash and FCX common stock generally will recognize gain, but not loss, to the extent of the cash received;

 

   

U.S. holders of PXP common stock that receive only cash generally will recognize gain or loss; and

 

   

U.S. holders of PXP common stock generally will recognize gain or loss with respect to cash received instead of fractional shares of FCX common stock that such holders would otherwise be entitled to receive.

For further information, please refer to “Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Merger.”

The United States federal income tax consequences described above may not apply to all holders of PXP common stock. Your tax consequences will depend on your individual situation. Accordingly, we strongly urge you to consult your tax advisor for a full understanding of the particular tax consequences of the merger to you.

Comparative Market Prices and Share Information

FCX common stock is quoted on the NYSE under the symbol “FCX.” PXP common stock is quoted on the NYSE under the symbol “PXP.” The following table shows the closing sale prices of FCX common stock and PXP common stock as reported on the NYSE on December 4, 2012, the last trading day before we announced the merger, and on December 27, 2012, the last practicable trading day prior to the date of this document. The table also presents the equivalent value of the merger consideration per share of PXP common stock on December 4, 2012 and December 27, 2012, calculated by multiplying the closing price of FCX common stock on those dates by 1.3062 and 1.3954, respectively, each representing the number of shares of FCX common stock that PXP stockholders electing to receive FCX common stock would receive in the merger for each share of PXP common stock, assuming that the average of the closing prices of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the date which is five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger was the closing price of FCX common stock on December 4, 2012 and December 27, 2012, respectively, and assuming no proration.

 

     FCX
Common Stock
     PXP
Common Stock
     Equivalent per
Share Value
 

At December 4, 2012

   $ 38.28       $ 36.05       $ 50.00   

At December 27, 2012

     33.68         46.37         47.00   

The market price of FCX common stock and PXP common stock will fluctuate prior to the merger. You should obtain current stock price quotations for FCX common stock and PXP common stock.

 

 

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Barclays Capital Inc. (“Barclays”) has Provided an Opinion to the PXP Board of Directors Regarding the Merger Consideration

PXP’s financial advisor, Barclays, has conducted financial analyses and delivered an opinion to the PXP board of directors that, as of the date of the merger agreement and based upon and subject to the qualifications, limitations and assumptions stated in its opinion, from a financial point of view, the consideration to be offered to PXP stockholders was fair to PXP stockholders. The full text of Barclays’ written opinion, dated as of December 5, 2012, is attached as Annex B to this document and is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety. Barclays’ written opinion sets forth, among other things, the assumptions made, procedures followed, factors considered and limitations upon the review undertaken by Barclays in rendering its opinion. PXP stockholders are encouraged to read the opinion and the description carefully and in their entirety. This summary and the description of the opinion are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of the opinion.

The PXP Board of Directors Recommends that PXP Stockholders Vote “FOR” Adoption of the Merger Agreement

The PXP board of directors believes that the merger is in the best interests of PXP and its stockholders and has unanimously approved the merger and the merger agreement. The PXP board of directors recommends that PXP stockholders vote “FOR” adoption of the merger agreement.

PXP’s Directors and Officers Have Financial Interests in the Merger That May Differ From Your Interests

In considering the information contained in this document, you should be aware that the executive officers and directors of PXP have financial interests in the merger that may be different from, or in addition to, the interests of other PXP stockholders. These additional interests of the executive officers and directors of PXP may create potential conflicts of interest and cause some of these persons to view the proposed transaction differently than you may view it as a stockholder.

For example, please be aware of the following interests:

 

   

PXP’s executive officers hold PXP RSUs, and PXP’s directors hold PXP RSUs and PXP Restricted Stock, that will vest as a result of the merger. The aggregate value of these PXP RSUs and shares of PXP Restricted Stock held by the executive officers, assuming that they remain employed through the completion of the merger, and the directors is estimated to be $168,952,386.

 

   

PXP has previously entered into employment agreements with each of Messrs. Flores, Bourgeois, Talbert and Wombwell. Under the terms of these employment agreements, as amended by letter agreements entered into with PXP and FCX in connection with the merger (as described below), each executive officer is entitled to receive certain severance pay and benefits in the event of certain qualifying terminations of employment, including cash severance pay, continued health insurance benefits, accelerated vesting of equity awards and, as discussed below, certain excise tax gross-up payments. If each executive officer experiences a qualifying termination of employment immediately after the merger, the aggregate value of all cash severance pay, continued health insurance benefits and accelerated vesting of equity awards to be received by the executive officers is estimated to be $205,951,005.

 

   

Each of Messrs. Flores, Bourgeois, Talbert and Wombwell is also entitled to receive certain excise tax gross-up payments under the terms of his employment agreement. The aggregate value of such excise tax gross-up payments to be received by the executive officers in connection with the merger is estimated to be $26,498,474, if the officers remain employed following the merger, and $46,363,821, if each executive officer experiences a qualifying termination of employment immediately after the merger.

 

 

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In connection with the merger, each of Messrs. Flores, Bourgeois, Talbert and Wombwell entered into a letter agreement with PXP and FCX which generally provides that FCX will assume the current employment agreement between the executive and PXP, subject to the amendment and the executive’s waiver of certain provisions thereof and such other terms and conditions set forth in the letter agreement. In brief, the letter agreements provide that each executive officer will waive the right to resign and receive severance payments or benefits under his current employment agreement solely as a result of the merger or certain changes in position, duties or reporting relationships. In addition, Mr. Flores has agreed to take 100% stock consideration, and Messrs. Bourgeois, Talbert and Wombwell have agreed to take no less than 75% stock consideration, in settlement of certain Stock-Settled PXP RSUs that fully vest as a result of the merger. The shares of FCX common stock delivered in settlement of such Stock-Settled PXP RSUs will generally be subject to a holding requirement (subject to certain exceptions) from the closing date of the merger through the third anniversary thereof, which extends beyond the original vesting periods for some of these Stock-Settled PXP RSUs.

 

   

PXP’s directors, officers and employees are entitled to continued indemnification and insurance coverage under the merger agreement.

The PXP board of directors was aware of these interests and took them into account in its decision to approve the merger agreement. For information concerning these interests, please see the discussion under the caption “Proposal No. 1—The Merger—PXP’s Directors and Officers Have Financial Interests in the Merger.”

Appraisal Rights

Under Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), holders of PXP common stock may have the right to obtain an appraisal of the fair value of their shares of PXP common stock in connection with the merger. To perfect appraisal rights, a PXP stockholder must not vote for the adoption of the merger agreement, must continue to hold their shares of common stock through the effective date of the merger and must strictly comply with all of the procedures required under Delaware law, including submitting a written demand for appraisal to PXP prior to the special meeting. Failure to strictly comply with Section 262 of the DGCL by a PXP stockholder may result in the loss or waiver of that stockholder’s appraisal rights. Because of the complexity of Delaware law relating to appraisal rights, if any PXP stockholder is considering exercising his, her or its appraisal rights, FCX and PXP encourage such PXP stockholder to seek the advice of his, her or its own legal counsel. A summary of the requirements under Delaware law to exercise appraisal rights is included in this document under “Proposal No. 1—The Merger—Appraisal Rights” and the text of Section 262 of the DGCL as in effect with respect to this transaction is included as Annex C to this document.

Conditions That Must Be Satisfied or Waived for the Merger to Occur

Currently, we expect to complete the merger in the second quarter of 2013. As more fully described in this document and in the merger agreement, the completion of the merger depends on a number of conditions being satisfied or, where legally permissible, waived. These conditions include, among others, approval by PXP stockholders, the receipt of all required regulatory approvals (including Merger Sub obtaining the necessary qualifications required by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to hold or operate oil and gas interests in the Gulf of Mexico), and the receipt of legal opinions by each company regarding the tax treatment of the merger. We cannot be certain when, or if, the conditions to the merger will be satisfied or waived, or that the merger will be completed.

Termination of the Merger Agreement

The merger agreement can be terminated at any time prior to completion by:

 

   

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either FCX or PXP, if the merger is not completed on or prior to June 5, 2013 (the “End Date”), provided that if all conditions have been satisfied other than the conditions relating to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), effectiveness of the S-4 or absence of injunctions, then the End Date may be extended by either FCX or PXP by notice to the other to a date not later than September 5, 2013, and provided further that the right to terminate is not available to a party if the failure of closing by the End Date results from a material breach by such party of any representation, warranty, covenant or other agreement and the non-terminating party files and pursues an action seeking specific performance,

 

   

either FCX or PXP, if a final and non-appealable injunction is entered prohibiting the closing, unless such injunction is due to the failure of the terminating party to perform any of its obligations under the agreement,

 

   

either FCX or PXP, if the PXP stockholders’ meeting (including any adjournments or postponements) has concluded and the requisite approval of PXP stockholders is not obtained,

 

   

PXP, if FCX breaches the merger agreement in a manner that would cause a condition to PXP’s obligation to close not to be satisfied and such breach is either not curable by the End Date or FCX fails to diligently attempt to cure such breach after receipt of written notice of such breach from PXP, provided PXP is not in material breach of the merger agreement,

 

   

FCX, if PXP breaches the merger agreement in a manner that would cause a condition to FCX’s obligation to close not to be satisfied and such breach is either not curable by the End Date or PXP fails to diligently attempt to cure such breach after receipt of written notice of such breach from FCX, provided FCX is not in material breach of the merger agreement, and

 

   

FCX, prior to adoption of the merger agreement by stockholders of PXP, in the event that either (i) the PXP board of the directors changes its recommendation to stockholders to adopt the merger agreement or (ii) PXP materially breaches any of its non-solicitation obligations in the merger agreement.

If the merger agreement is terminated, there will be no liability on the part of FCX or PXP, except that (1) both FCX and PXP will remain liable for any willful or intentional breach of any covenant or agreement or willful or intentional breach of any representation or warranty in the merger agreement occurring prior to termination or as provided for in the Confidentiality Agreement between PXP and FCX and (2) PXP may be required to pay FCX a termination fee and/or reimburse certain expenses of FCX.

Termination Fee

If the merger agreement is terminated:

 

   

by either FCX or PXP because the PXP stockholders’ meeting was concluded and the PXP stockholder approval was not obtained, or

 

   

by FCX because the PXP board of directors changes its recommendation to stockholders due to an intervening event other than an alternative takeover proposal, then

PXP will pay FCX up to $69,000,000 in respect of its expenses within two business days of such termination.

If the merger agreement is terminated by FCX because PXP changes its recommendation to stockholders due to an alternative takeover proposal or materially breaches its non-solicitation obligations in the merger agreement, then PXP will pay FCX a termination fee of $207,000,000 (less any amounts previously paid in respect of expenses).

If the merger agreement is terminated by PXP because the merger has not closed by the End Date and at the time of termination (1) the PXP stockholders’ meeting has concluded and the PXP stockholder approval was not

 

 

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obtained, and (2) FCX would have been permitted to terminate the merger agreement because the PXP board of directors has changed its recommendation to stockholders due to an alternative takeover proposal or has materially breached its non-solicitation obligations, then PXP will pay FCX a termination fee of $207,000,000 (less any amounts previously paid in respect of expenses).

If the merger agreement is terminated:

 

   

by FCX or PXP because the merger has not closed by the End Date,

 

   

by FCX or PXP because the PXP stockholders’ meeting has concluded and the requisite stockholder approval was not obtained, or

 

   

by FCX because of PXP’s uncured material breach of the merger agreement,

and, in each case, (i) a “company takeover proposal” (as defined in the description of the non-solicitation provisions herein, except that for purposes of the termination fee provisions references to 15% are changed to references to 50%) is publicly announced and not withdrawn at least 15 business days prior to the PXP stockholders’ meeting AND (ii) at any time on or prior to the twelve month anniversary of such termination PXP enters into a definitive agreement with respect to or completes the transaction contemplated by any company takeover proposal, then PXP will pay FCX up to $69,000,000 in respect of expenses (less any amounts previously paid in respect of expenses) within two business days of such termination and a termination fee of $207,000,000 (less any amounts paid in respect of expenses) upon the earlier of entering into such definitive agreement or completing such company takeover proposal.

Regulatory Approvals Required for the Merger

PXP and FCX have agreed to use their reasonable best efforts to obtain all regulatory approvals required to complete the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. These approvals include approval (or a waiver from the application requirement) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as well as various other federal and regulatory authorities. FCX and PXP have completed, or will complete, the filing of applications and notifications to obtain the required regulatory approvals. On December 26, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period with respect to the merger.

Although we do not know of any reason why we cannot obtain these regulatory approvals in a timely manner, we cannot be certain when or if we will obtain them.

The Rights of PXP Stockholders who Receive the Stock Consideration will be Governed by the FCX Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws after the Merger

The rights of PXP stockholders will change as a result of the merger due to differences in FCX’s and PXP’s governing documents. This document contains a description of stockholder rights under each of the FCX and PXP governing documents and describes the material difference between them.

PXP will Hold its Special Meeting on                  , 2013

The special meeting will be held at                 , at                 , local time, on                 , 2013. At the special meeting, PXP stockholders will be asked to:

 

   

adopt the merger agreement;

 

   

consider and cast an advisory (non-binding) vote on the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger;

 

 

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approve the adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; and

 

   

to transact such other business as may properly come before the special meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Record Date. Only holders of record of PXP common stock at the close of business on                 , 2013 will be entitled to vote at the special meeting. Each share of PXP common stock is entitled to one vote. As of the record date of                 , 2013, there were approximately             shares of PXP common stock entitled to vote at the special meeting.

Required Vote. The affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote as of the record date is required to adopt the merger agreement. The affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of PXP’s common stock present at the meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote is required to approve any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement. Abstentions and any broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote cast against such proposals.

A majority of the votes cast is required to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger. The vote to approve the specified compensation is not a condition to the completion of the merger, and the vote of PXP’s stockholders on the proposal is advisory in nature and will not be binding on FCX or PXP. Accordingly, regardless of the outcome of the advisory vote, if the merger is approved and completed, specified compensation may be paid. Abstentions and any broker non-votes will not be counted “for” or “against” a proposal and, accordingly, will not have an effect on the outcome of the advisory vote.

As of the record date, directors and executive officers of PXP and its affiliates had the right to vote approximately             shares of PXP common stock, or         % of the outstanding PXP common stock entitled to be voted at the special meeting.

Litigation Relating to the Merger

Following the announcement of the merger on December 5, 2012, twelve putative class and derivative actions challenging the transaction were filed by purported PXP and FCX stockholders.

Three putative class actions were filed on behalf of PXP stockholders in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The actions name as defendants PXP, PXP’s directors, FCX, and an FCX subsidiary. The actions allege that PXP’s directors breached their fiduciary duties because they, among other things, pursued their own interests at the expense of stockholders and failed to maximize stockholder value with respect to the PXP-FCX transaction, and that FCX and an FCX subsidiary aided and abetted the purported breach of fiduciary duties by PXP’s directors. The actions seek as relief an injunction barring or rescinding the PXP-FCX transaction, damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Nine derivative actions challenging both the merger and the MMR merger were filed on behalf of FCX by purported FCX stockholders in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, County of Maricopa. The actions name some or all of the following as defendants: the directors of FCX, two FCX subsidiaries, PXP, MMR, James C. Flores, John F. Wombwell, Suzanne T. Mestayer, and Kathleen L. Quirk. The actions allege that the FCX directors breached their fiduciary duties because they, among other things, pursued their own interests at the expense of stockholders in approving the merger and the MMR merger. Each of the complaints also alleges that some or all of the following parties aided and abetted the wrongful acts allegedly committed by the FCX board: two FCX subsidiaries, PXP, MMR, James C. Flores, John F. Wombwell, Suzanne T. Mestayer, and Kathleen L. Quirk. The actions seek as relief, among other things, an

 

 

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injunction barring or rescinding both the merger and the MMR merger transactions and requiring submission of the proposed merger and MMR merger to a vote of FCX stockholders, damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

In addition, ten putative class actions challenging the MMR merger transaction were filed on behalf of MMR stockholders in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware and in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans of the State of Louisiana. These actions, which principally allege that MMR’s directors breached their fiduciary duties in approving the MMR merger, do not challenge the merger. They do, however, name PXP and FCX as defendants and allege that PXP, FCX, or both, aided and abetted the breach of fiduciary duty by MMR’s directors. The actions seek, among other things, injunctive relief barring or rescinding the MMR merger, damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

The PXP and FCX defendants believe the lawsuits are without merit and intend to defend vigorously against them.

Information about the Companies

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

FCX is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s largest producer of molybdenum. The company’s portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, the world’s largest copper and gold mine in terms of recoverable reserves, significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde and El Abra operations in South America, and the highly prospective Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At December 31, 2011, consolidated recoverable proven and probable reserves included 119.7 billion pounds of copper, 33.9 million ounces of gold and 3.42 billion pounds of molybdenum. FCX’s global workforce includes approximately 31,800 employees. FCX’s stock trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “FCX”. As of September 30, 2012, FCX had total consolidated assets of approximately $34.5 billion and total consolidated equity of approximately $20.7 billion. The principal executive offices of FCX are located at 333 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2189, and its telephone number is (602) 366-8100.

Plains Exploration & Production Company

PXP is an independent energy company engaged in the upstream oil and gas business. The upstream business acquires, develops, explores for and produces oil and gas. PXP’s upstream activities are located in the United States. PXP owns oil and gas properties with principal operations in:

 

   

Onshore California;

 

   

Offshore California;

 

   

the Gulf Coast Region;

 

   

the Gulf of Mexico; and

 

   

the Rocky Mountains.

As of December 31, 2011, after giving effect to PXP’s acquisition of oil and gas interests in the Gulf of Mexico from BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company and Shell Offshore Inc., PXP’s pro forma proved reserves would have been 564.6 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which 66% would have been comprised of oil and 57% would have been proved developed. PXP common stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol “PXP.” PXP’s principal executive offices are located at 700 Milam, Suite 3100, Houston, Texas 77002, and its telephone number is (713) 579-6000.

 

 

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FREEPORT-McMoRan COPPER & GOLD INC.

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

The following selected historical consolidated financial data is derived from FCX’s audited consolidated financial statements for each of the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and from FCX’s unaudited consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. These historical results are not necessarily indicative of results that you can expect for any future period. You should read this data in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and FCX’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in FCX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, each of which is incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

     As of or for the nine
months ended

September 30,
    As of or for the years ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007 (a)  
    (unaudited)                 (audited)              
    (In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)  

FCX CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

             

Revenues

  $ 13,497      $ 16,718      $ 20,880      $ 18,982      $ 15,040      $ 17,796      $ 16,939 (b) 

Operating income (loss)

    4,456        7,843        9,140 (c)      9,068        6,503 (d),(e)      (12,710 )(d),(e),(f)      6,555 (b),(f) 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    4,163        7,565        5,747        5,544        3,534        (10,450     3,733   

Net income (loss)

    3,035        4,881        5,747        5,544        3,534        (10,450     3,779   

Net income (loss) attributable to FCX common stockholders

    2,298 (g),(h)      3,920 (g),(h)      4,560 (c),(g),(h)      4,273 (h)      2,527 (d),(e),(h)      (11,341 )(d),(e),(f),(h)      2,769 (b),(f),(h) 

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to FCX common stockholders:

             

Continuing operations

  $ 2.42      $ 4.14      $ 4.81      $ 4.67      $ 3.05      $ (14.86   $ 4.01 (j) 

Discontinued operations

    —          —          —          —          —          —          0.05 (j) 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic net income (loss)

  $ 2.42      $ 4.14      $ 4.81      $ 4.67      $ 3.05      $ (14.86   $ 4.06 (j) 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding

    949        947        947        915        829        763        682 (j) 

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to FCX common stockholders:

             

Continuing operations

  $ 2.41      $ 4.10      $ 4.78      $ 4.57      $ 2.93      $ (14.86   $ 3.70 (j) 

Discontinued operations

    —          —          —          —          —          —          0.05 (j) 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net income (loss)

  $ 2.41 (g),(h)    $ 4.10 (g),(h)    $ 4.78 (c),(g),(h)    $ 4.57 (h)    $ 2.93 (d),(e),(h)    $ (14.86 )(d),(e),(f),(h)    $ 3.75 (b),(f),(h),(j) 
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

    953        955        955        949        938        763        794 (j) 

Dividends declared per share of common stock

  $ 0.9375      $ 1.25      $ 1.50      $ 1.125      $ 0.075      $ 0.6875      $ 0.6875 (j) 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 3,727        $ 4,822      $ 3,738      $ 2,656      $ 872      $ 1,626   

Property, plant, equipment and development costs, net

    20,294          18,449        16,785        16,195        16,002        25,715   

Goodwill

    —            —          —          —          —          6,105   

Total assets

    34,517          32,070        29,386        25,996        23,353        40,661   

Total debt, including current portion

    3,523          3,537        4,755        6,346        7,351        7,211   

Total FCX stockholders’ equity

    17,139          15,642        12,504        9,119        5,773        18,234   

 

(a) Includes the results of Freeport-McMoRan Corporation (“FMC”), formerly Phelps Dodge Corporation beginning March 20, 2007.

 

 

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(b) Includes charges totaling $175 million ($106 million to net income attributable to common stockholders or $0.13 per share) for mark-to-market accounting adjustments on the 2007 copper price protection program assumed in the acquisition of FMC.
(c) Includes charges totaling $116 million ($50 million to net income attributable to common stock, or $0.05 per share) primarily associated with bonuses for new labor agreements and other employee costs at PT Freeport Indonesia, Cerro Verde and El Abra.
(d) Includes charges totaling $23 million ($18 million to net income attributable to common stockholders or $0.02 per share) associated with restructuring charges in 2009 and $17.0 billion ($12.7 billion to net loss attributable to common stockholders or $16.60 per share) associated with impairment and restructuring charges in 2008.
(e) Includes charges for lower of cost or market inventory adjustments totaling $19 million ($15 million to net income attributable to common stockholders or $0.02 per share) in 2009 and $782 million ($479 million to net loss attributable to common stockholders or $0.63 per share) in 2008.
(f) Includes purchase accounting impacts related to the acquisition of FMC totaling $1.0 billion ($622 million to net loss attributable to common stockholders or $0.82 per share) in 2008 and $1.3 billion ($793 million to net income attributable to common stockholders or $1.00 per share) in 2007.
(g) Includes a net tax credit associated with adjustments to Cerro Verde’s deferred income taxes totaling $100 million, net of noncontrolling interests ($0.11 per share) for the first nine months of 2012. Also includes additional taxes associated with Cerro Verde’s election to pay a special mining burden during the remaining term of its current stability agreement totaling $50 million, net of noncontrolling interests ($0.05 per share) for the first nine months of 2011 and $49 million, net of noncontrolling interests ($0.05 per share) for the year 2011.
(h)

Includes net losses on early extinguishment and conversion of debt totaling $149 million ($0.16 per share) for the first nine months of 2012, $60 million ($0.06 per share) for the first nine months of 2011, $60 million ($0.06 per share) in 2011, $71 million ($0.07 per share) in 2010, $43 million ($0.04 per share) in 2009, $5 million ($0.01 per share) in 2008, and $132 million ($0.17 per share) in 2007; 2008 also includes charges totaling $22 million ($0.03 per share) associated with privately negotiated transactions to induce conversion of a portion of FCX’s 5 1/2% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock into FCX common stock.

(j) Amounts have been adjusted to reflect the February 1, 2011, two-for-one stock split and are unaudited.

 

 

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FREEPORT-McMoRan COPPER & GOLD INC.

SELECTED CONSOLIDATED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA (CONTINUED)

 

    Nine months ended
September 30,
    Years ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007 (a)  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

FCX CONSOLIDATED MINING OPERATING DATA

             

Copper (recoverable)

             

Production (millions of pounds)

    2,658        2,868        3,691        3,908        4,103        4,030        3,884   

Production (thousands of metric tons)

    1,206        1,301        1,674        1,773        1,861        1,828        1,762   

Sales, excluding purchases (millions of pounds)

    2,676        2,875        3,698        3,896        4,111        4,066        3,862   

Sales, excluding purchases (thousands of metric tons)

    1,214        1,304        1,678        1,767        1,865        1,844        1,752   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 3.63      $ 3.94      $ 3.86      $ 3.59      $ 2.60      $ 2.69      $ 3.22 (b) 

Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)

             

Production

    707        1,202        1,383        1,886        2,664        1,291        2,329   

Sales, excluding purchases

    756        1,245        1,378        1,863        2,639        1,314        2,320   

Average realized price per ounce

  $ 1,666      $ 1,565      $ 1,583      $ 1,271      $ 993      $ 861      $ 682   

Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)

             

Production

    61        65        83        72        54        73        70   

Sales, excluding purchases

    62        60        79        67        58        71        69   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 14.79      $ 17.57      $ 16.98      $ 16.47      $ 12.36      $ 30.55      $ 25.87   

NORTH AMERICA COPPER MINES

             

Operating Data, Net of Joint Venture Interest

             

Copper (recoverable)

             

Production (millions of pounds)

    1,005        917        1,258        1,067        1,147        1,430        1,320   

Production (thousands of metric tons)

    456        416        571        484        520        649        599   

Sales, excluding purchases (millions of pounds)

    1,030        914        1,247        1,085        1,187        1,434        1,332   

Sales, excluding purchases (thousands of metric tons)

    467        415        566        492        538        650        604   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 3.66      $ 4.19      $ 3.99      $ 3.42      $ 2.38      $ 3.07      $ 3.10 (b) 

Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)

             

Production

    27        27        35        25        25        30        30   

100% Operating Data

             

Solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) operations

             

Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day)

    967,700        841,700        888,300        648,800        589,400        1,095,200        798,200   

Average copper ore grade (percent)

    0.22        0.25        0.24        0.24        0.29        0.22        0.23   

Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds)

    639        582        801        746        859        943        940   

Mill operations

             

Ore milled (metric tons per day)

    235,700        220,100        222,800        189,200        169,900        249,600        223,800   

Average ore grade (percent):

             

Copper

    0.37        0.37        0.38        0.32        0.33        0.40        0.35   

Molybdenum

    0.03        0.03        0.03        0.03        0.02        0.02        0.02   

Copper recovery rate (percent)

    83.5        83.5        83.1        83.0        86.0        82.9        84.5   

Production (millions of recoverable pounds):

             

Copper

    436        404        549        398        364        599        501   

Molybdenum

    27        27        35        25        25        30        30   

 

 

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    Years ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007 (a)  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

SOUTH AMERICA MINING

             

Copper (recoverable)

             

Production (millions of pounds)

    908        969        1,306        1,354        1,390        1,506        1,413   

Production (thousands of metric tons)

    412        440        592        614        631        683        641   

Sales (millions of pounds)

    895        965        1,322        1,335        1,394        1,521        1,399   

Sales (thousands of metric tons)

    406        438        600        606        632        690        635   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 3.63      $ 3.82      $ 3.77      $ 3.68      $ 2.70      $ 2.57      $ 3.25   

Gold (thousands of recoverable ounces)

             

Production

    57        73        101        93        92        114        116   

Sales

    56        72        101        93        90        116        114   

Average realized price per ounce

  $ 1,678      $ 1,556      $ 1,580      $ 1,263      $ 982      $ 853      $ 683   

Molybdenum (millions of recoverable pounds)

             

Production

    6        8        10        7        2        3        1   

SX/EW operations

             

Leach ore placed in stockpiles (metric tons per day)

    229,100        249,500        245,200        268,800        258,200        279,700        289,100   

Average copper ore grade (percent)

    0.55        0.48        0.50        0.41        0.45        0.45        0.43   

Copper production (millions of recoverable pounds)

    346        314        439        504        565        560        569   

Mill operations

             

Ore milled (metric tons per day)

    190,000        192,300        189,200        188,800        181,300        181,400        167,900   

Average ore grade:

             

Copper (percent)

    0.58        0.66        0.66        0.65        0.66        0.75        0.74   

Gold (grams per metric ton)

    0.09        0.12        0.12        0.10        0.10        0.13        0.13   

Molybdenum (percent)

    0.02        0.02        0.02        0.02        0.02        0.02        0.02   

Copper recovery rate (percent)

    89.5        90.0        89.6        90.0        88.9        89.2        87.1   

Production (recoverable):

             

Copper (millions of pounds)

    562        655        867        850        825        946        844   

Gold (thousands of ounces)

    57        73        101        93        92        114        116   

Molybdenum (millions of pounds)

    6        8        10        7        2        3        1   

INDONESIA MINING

             

Operating Data, Net of
Joint Venture Interest

             

Copper (recoverable)

             

Production (millions of pounds)

    495        778        846        1,222        1,412        1,094        1,151   

Production (thousands of metric tons)

    225        353        384        554        640        496        522   

Sales (millions of pounds)

    512        796        846        1,214        1,400        1,111        1,131   

Sales (thousands of metric tons)

    232        361        384        551        635        504        513   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 3.64      $ 3.82      $ 3.85      $ 3.69      $ 2.65      $ 2.36      $ 3.32   

Gold (thousands of
recoverable ounces)

             

Production

    641        1,123        1,272        1,786        2,568        1,163        2,198   

Sales

    691        1,168        1,270        1,765        2,543        1,182        2,185   

Average realized price per ounce

  $ 1,665      $ 1,565      $ 1,583      $ 1,271      $ 994      $ 861      $ 681   

100% Operating Data

             

Ore milled (metric tons per day)

    160,400        197,900        166,100        230,200        238,300        192,900        212,600   

Average ore grade:

             

Copper (percent)

    0.61        0.80        0.79        0.85        0.98        0.83        0.82   

Gold (grams per metric ton)

    0.60        0.92        0.93        0.90        1.30        0.66        1.24   

Recovery rates (percent):

             

Copper

    88.6        88.2        88.3        88.9        90.6        90.1        90.5   

Gold

    76.7        81.3        81.2        81.7        83.7        79.9        86.2   

Production (recoverable):

             

Copper (millions of pounds)

    495        803        882        1,330        1,641        1,109        1,211   

Gold (thousands of ounces)

    641        1,261        1,444        1,964        2,984        1,163        2,608   

 

 

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    2012     2011     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007 (a)  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

AFRICA MINING(c)

             

Copper (recoverable)

             

Production (millions of pounds)

    250        204        281        265        154        N/A        N/A   

Production (thousands of metric tons)

    113        93        127        120        70        N/A        N/A   

Sales (millions of pounds)

    239        200        283        262        130        N/A        N/A   

Sales (thousands of metric tons)

    108        91        128        119        59        N/A        N/A   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 3.54      $ 3.89      $ 3.74      $ 3.45      $ 2.85        N/A        N/A   

Cobalt (millions of contained pounds)

             

Production

    20        18        25        20        N/A        N/A        N/A   

Sales

    19        19        25        20        N/A        N/A        N/A   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 8.36      $ 10.71      $ 9.99      $ 10.95        N/A        N/A        N/A   

Ore milled (metric tons per day)

    12,900        10,800        11,100        10,300        7,300        N/A        N/A   

Average ore grade (percent):

             

Copper

    3.56        3.42        3.41        3.51        3.69        N/A        N/A   

Cobalt

    0.37        0.40        0.40        0.40        N/A        N/A        N/A   

Copper recovery rate (percent)

    91.6        92.0        92.5        91.4        92.1        N/A        N/A   

MOLYBDENUM OPERATIONS

             

Molybdenum sales, excluding purchases (millions of pounds)(d)

    62        60        79        67        58        71        69   

Average realized price per pound

  $ 14.79      $ 17.57      $ 16.98      $ 16.47      $ 12.36      $ 30.55      $ 25.87   

Henderson molybdenum mine

             

Ore milled (metric tons per day)

    21,100        23,300        22,300        22,900        14,900        24,100        24,000   

Average molybdenum ore grade (percent)

    0.23        0.24        0.24        0.25        0.25        0.23        0.23   

Molybdenum production (millions of recoverable pounds)

    26        30        38        40        27        40        39   

 

(a) For comparative purposes, operating data for the year ended December 31, 2007 combines FCX’s historical data with FMC’s pre-acquisition data (i.e., January 1, 2007, through March 19, 2007). As the pre-acquisition data represents the results of these operations under FMC management, such combined data is not necessarily indicative of what past results would have been under FCX management or of future operating results.
(b) Before charges for hedging losses related to FMC’s copper price protection programs, amounts were $3.27 per pound (FCX consolidated) and $3.25 per pound (North America copper mines).
(c) Results for 2009 represent mining operations that began production in March 2009.
(d) Includes sales of molybdenum produced at FCX’s North and South America copper mines.

 

 

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Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges

For FCX’s ratio of earnings to fixed charges calculation, earnings consist of income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries, equity in affiliated companies’ net earnings, cumulative effect of accounting changes and fixed charges. Fixed charges include interest and that portion of rent deemed representative of interest. For ratio of earnings to fixed charges and preferred stock dividends calculation, FCX assumed that its preferred stock dividend requirements were equal to the pre-tax earnings that would be required to cover those dividend requirements. FCX computed pre-tax earnings using the effective tax rate for each year. FCX’s ratio of earnings to fixed charges was as follows for the periods presented:

 

     Nine months ended
September 30,
     Years ended December 31,  
     2012      2011      2011      2010      2009      2008     2007  

Ratio of earnings to fixed charges

     19.0x         22.9x         20.7x         16.3x         9.3x         (a)      9.9x   

Ratio of earnings to fixed charges and preferred stock dividends

     19.0x         22.9x         20.7x         13.9x         6.1x         (b)      6.6x   

 

(a) As a result of the loss recorded in 2008, the ratio coverage was less than 1:1. FCX would have needed to generate additional earnings of $13.4 billion to achieve coverage of 1:1 in 2008.
(b) As a result of the loss recorded in 2008, the ratio coverage was less than 1:1. FCX would have needed to generate additional earnings of $13.8 billion to achieve coverage of 1:1 in 2008.

 

 

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PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA

The following selected historical consolidated financial data is derived from PXP’s audited consolidated financial statements for each of the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and from PXP’s unaudited consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. This information is not necessarily indicative of future results. You should read this data in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and PXP’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in PXP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, each of which is incorporated by reference in this proxy statement/prospectus. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

 

    Nine months ended
September 30,
    Years ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011(1)     2010(2)     2009     2008(3)     2007(4)  
    (unaudited)     (audited)  
    (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)  

Income Statement Data

             

Revenues

  $ 1,696,103      $ 1,446,947      $ 1,964,488      $ 1,544,595      $ 1,187,130      $ 2,403,471      $ 1,272,840   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Costs and Expenses:

             

Production costs

    441,068        398,133        558,975        451,902        423,967        626,428        413,122   

General and administrative

    109,281        94,964        134,044        136,437        144,586        153,306        124,006   

Depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion

    710,277        466,072        681,655        551,118        421,580        621,484        316,078   

Impairment of oil and gas properties(5)

    —          —          —          59,475        —          3,629,666        —     

Legal recovery

    —          —          —          (8,423     (87,272     —          —     

Other operating (income) expense

    (3,142     (657     (735     (4,130     2,136        —          —     
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
    1,257,484        958,512        1,373,939        1,186,379        904,997        5,030,884        853,206   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (Loss) from Operations

    438,619        488,435        590,549        358,216        282,133        (2,627,413     419,634   

Other Income (Expense):

             

Gain on sale of assets(6)

    —          —          —          —          —          65,689        —     

Interest expense

    (157,404     (113,141     (161,316     (106,713     (73,811     (116,991     (68,908

Debt extinguishment costs(7)

    (5,167     —          (120,954     (1,189     (12,093     (18,256     —     

Gain (loss) on mark-to-market derivative contracts(8)

    12,573        93,467        81,981        (60,695     (7,017     1,555,917        (88,549

Loss on investment measured at fair value(9)

    (92,301     (284,929     (52,675     (1,551     —          —          —     

Other income (expense)

    440        2,949        3,356        15,942        27,968        (12,575     6,322   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

    196,760        186,781        340,941        204,010        217,180        (1,153,629     268,499   

Income tax benefit (expense)

             

Current

    2,535        25,959        25,952        93,090        (45,091     (230,815     4,677   

Deferred

    (84,297     (105,165     (160,214     (193,835     (35,784     675,350        (114,425
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

    114,998      $ 107,575        206,679      $ 103,265      $ 136,305      $ (709,094   $ 158,751   
   

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest in the form of preferred stock of subsidiary

    (27,206       (1,400        
 

 

 

     

 

 

         

Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders

  $ 87,792        $ 205,279           
 

 

 

     

 

 

         

 

 

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    Nine months ended
September 30,
    Years ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011(1)     2010(2)     2009     2008(3)     2007(4)  
    (unaudited)     (audited)  
    (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)  

Earnings (Loss) per Common Share

             

Basic

  $ 0.68      $ 0.76      $ 1.45      $ 0.74      $ 1.10      $ (6.52   $ 2.02   

Diluted

  $ 0.67      $ 0.75      $ 1.44      $ 0.73      $ 1.09      $ (6.52   $ 1.99   

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding

             

Basic

    129,806        141,500        141,227        140,438        124,405        108,828        78,627   

Diluted

    131,774        143,351        142,999        141,897        125,288        108,828        79,808   

Cash Flow Data

             

Net cash provided by operating activities

  $ 1,046,577      $ 922,650      $ 1,110,755      $ 912,470      $ 499,046      $ 1,371,409      $ 588,112   

Net cash used in investing activities

    (1,881,149     (1,341,309     (1,154,591     (1,575,308     (1,280,399     (227,790     (2,243,137

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    632,492        423,689        456,500        667,413        471,337        (857,190     1,679,572   

 

    As of
September 30,
    As of December 31,  
    2012     2011(1)     2010(2)     2009     2008(3)     2007(4)  
    (unaudited)     (audited)  
    (In Thousands)  

Balance Sheet Data

           

Assets

           

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 217,018      $ 419,098      $ 6,434      $ 1,859      $ 311,875      $ 25,446   

Other current assets

    1,070,589        1,022,279        396,453        304,776        1,164,566        649,474   

Property and equipment, net

    8,479,727        7,725,295        7,220,752        6,832,722        4,513,396        8,377,227   

Goodwill

    535,140        535,140        535,144        535,237        535,265        536,822   

Investment(9)

    —          —          664,346        —          —          —     

Other assets

    672,321        89,660        71,808        60,137        586,813        104,382   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
  $ 10,974,795      $ 9,791,472      $ 8,894,937      $ 7,734,731      $ 7,111,915      $ 9,693,351   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Equity

           

Current liabilities

  $ 778,544      $ 626,186      $ 533,689      $ 682,551      $ 993,645      $ 818,046   

Long-term debt

    4,516,571        3,760,952        3,344,717        2,649,689        2,805,000        3,305,000   

Other long-term liabilities

    263,762        247,205        278,516        269,762        191,534        272,627   

Deferred income taxes

    1,691,473        1,461,897        1,355,050        933,748        744,456        1,959,431   

Stockholders’ equity

    3,286,893        3,264,636        3,382,965        3,198,981        2,377,280        3,338,247   

Noncontrolling interest Preferred stock of subsidiary

    437,552        430,596        —          —          —          —     
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
  $ 10,974,795      $ 9,791,472      $ 8,894,937      $ 7,734,731      $ 7,111,915      $ 9,693,351   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Reflects the December 2011 divestiture of interests in PXP’s Texas Panhandle and South Texas conventional natural gas properties.
(2) Reflects the December 2010 divestiture of PXP’s interest in all of its Gulf of Mexico leasehold located in less than 500 feet of water and the acquisition of the oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas condensate windows during the fourth quarter of 2010.
(3) Reflects the February 2008 divestiture of 50% of PXP’s working interest in the Permian and Piceance Basins and all of its working interests in the San Juan Basin and Barnett Shale, the April 2008 acquisition of the South Texas properties and the December 2008 divestiture of its remaining interests in the Permian and Piceance Basins.

 

 

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(4) Reflects the acquisition of Pogo Producing Company effective November 6, 2007 and the Piceance Basin properties effective May 31, 2007.
(5) During 2010, the costs related to PXP’s Vietnam oil and gas properties not subject to amortization were transferred to its Vietnam full cost pool where they were subject to the ceiling limitation. Because PXP’s Vietnam full cost pool had no associated proved oil and gas reserves, PXP recorded a non-cash pre-tax impairment charge of $59.5 million. At December 31, 2008, PXP’s capitalized costs of oil and gas properties exceeded the full cost ceiling and PXP recorded an impairment of oil and gas properties.
(6) Represents the gain on the sale of PXP’s investment in Collbran Valley Gas Gathering, LLC.
(7) In December 2011, PXP recognized $121.0 million of debt extinguishment costs, including $30.9 million in unamortized debt issue costs and original issue discount, in connection with its debt retirement transactions.
(8) The derivative instruments PXP has in place are not classified as hedges for accounting purposes. Consequently, these derivative contracts are marked-to-market each quarter with fair value gains and losses, both realized and unrealized, recognized currently as a gain or loss on mark-to-market derivative contracts on the income statement.
(9) PXP’s investment is measured at fair value with gains and losses recognized on the income statement. PXP’s investment was classified as a current asset at December 31, 2011.

 

 

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PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA (CONTINUED)

 

    Nine months ended
September 30,
    Years Ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2011     2010     2009     2008     2007  
    (unaudited)     (unaudited)  

Estimated net proved reserves (at end of period)

             

Oil (MBbl)

        244,030        223,268        214,030        177,707        436,533   

Gas (MMcf)

        1,001,311        1,157,070        873,108        686,357        1,519,976   

Total (MBOE)

        410,915        416,113        359,548        292,100        689,862   

Percent oil

        59     54     60     61     63

Percent proved developed

        55     57     64     72     51

Standardized measure ($/thousands)

      $ 5,134,181      $ 3,093,135      $ 2,224,839      $ 1,136,374      $ 7,623,323   

Net reserve additions (including revisions (MBOE)

        81,005        98,518        98,039        (156,884 )(1)      361,212   

Reserve life (years)

        12.2        13.0        11.2        9.9        18.0   

Sales:

             

Oil and liquids (MBbl)

    15,805        13,064        17,872        16,769        17,560        20,294        18,124   

Gas (MMcf)

    65,103        80,139        109,469        93,093        75,826        77,031        27,010   

Total (MBOE)

    26,656        26,420        36,117        32,285        30,198        33,133        22,625   

Average sales price per unit before derivative transactions

             

Oil and liquids ($/Bbl)

  $ 96.64      $ 84.98      $ 85.53      $ 68.14      $ 51.43      $ 87.05      $ 61.60   

Gas ($/Mcf)

    2.49        4.14        3.91        4.29        3.72        8.05        5.68   

$/BOE

    63.38        54.57        54.18        47.77        39.25        72.03        56.12   

Production expenses ($/BOE) (2)

    16.55        15.07        15.47        14.00        14.03        18.91        18.25   

Estimated net probable reserves (at end of period) (3):

             

Oil (MBbl)

        109,526           

Gas (MMcf)

        1,095,560           

Total (MBOE)

        292,119           

 

(1) Includes 204 MMBOE of negative revisions due to significantly lower average year-end realized prices for oil and gas, the widening of differentials impacting PXP’s California properties and development and production costs, which were reflective of the high commodity price environment during the first nine months of 2008. Average year-end realized prices were $31.75 per Bbl and $5.50 per Mcf at December 31, 2008.
(2) Includes ad valorem and production taxes of $1.44, $2.84, $1.28, $0.91 and $1.53 per BOE for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively, and $1.48 and $1.98 per BOE for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
(3) PXP began reporting probable reserves in 2011. Probable reserves are additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves, but which, together with proved reserves, are as likely as not to be recovered. In addition to the uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities and values of proved reserves, probable reserves may be assigned to areas where data control or interpretations of available data are less certain and are structurally higher than proved reserves if they are adjacent to the proved reservoirs.

 

 

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PLAINS EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION COMPANY SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA RESERVE DATA

The following table presents selected unaudited pro forma information regarding PXP’s proved reserves as of December 31, 2011, giving effect to PXP’s acquisition of oil and gas interests (the “GOM Properties”) in the Gulf of Mexico from BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company and Shell Offshore Inc. (the “GOM Acquisition”) as if they were acquired on January 1, 2011. The reserve disclosures are based on reserve studies prepared as of December 31, 2011, in accordance with the guidelines established by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). There are numerous uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities and values of proved reserves and in projecting future rates of production and the amount and timing of development expenditures, including many factors beyond the property owner’s control. The following reserve data represents estimates only and should not be construed as being precise. The assumptions used in preparing these estimates may not be realized, causing the quantities of oil and gas that are ultimately recovered, the timing of the recovery of oil and gas reserves, the production and operating costs incurred and the amount and timing of future development expenditures to vary from the estimates presented herein. Actual production, revenues and expenditures with respect to reserves will vary from estimates and the variances may be material.

These estimates were calculated using the twelve-month average of the first-day-of-the-month reference prices as adjusted for location and quality differentials. Any significant price changes will have a material effect on the quantity and present value of the reserves shown below. These estimates depend on a number of variable factors and assumptions, including historical production from the area compared with production from other comparable producing areas, the assumed effects of regulations by governmental agencies, assumptions concerning future oil and gas prices, and assumptions concerning future operating costs, transportation costs, severance and excise taxes, development costs and workover and remedial costs.

The standardized measure shown below should not be considered as the market value of the reserves attributable to PXP’s properties, including the assets acquired in the GOM Acquisition. Actual future prices and costs may be materially higher or lower than the prices assumed. In addition, future net cash flows will be affected by factors such as the amount and timing of actual production, supply and demand for oil and gas, and changes in governmental regulations or taxation.

 

    PXP Historical     BP
Acquisition
Historical
    Shell Acquisition
Historical
    Pro Forma
Adjustments(1)
    Pro Forma for
GOM  Properties
 

Estimated net proved reserves

         

Oil (MBbl)

    244,030        103,442        27,263        —          374,735   

Gas (MMcf)

    1,001,311        119,958        17,682        —          1,138,951   

Total (MBOE)

    410,915        123,435        30,210        —          564,560   

Estimated net proved developed reserves

         

Oil (MBOE)

    151,480        69,945        10,778        —          232,203   

Gas (MMcf)

    454,248        88,614        7,985        —          550,847   

Total (MBOE)

    227,188        84,714        12,109        —          324,011   

Standardized measure ($/thousands)

         

Future cash inflows

  $ 29,502,864      $ 11,061,189      $ 2,802,805      $ —        $ 43,366,858   

Future development costs

    (4,017,365     (1,292,090     (320,916     —          (5,630,371

Future production expense

    (9,543,319     (1,574,797     (413,053     —          (11,531,169

Future income tax expense

    (4,999,822     —          —          (2,308,588     (7,308,410
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Future net cash flows

    10,942,358        8,194,302        2,068,836        (2,308,588     18,896,908   

Discounted at 10% per year

    (5,808,177     (2,231,071     (716,464     (1,782,752     (10,538,464
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Standardized measure

  $ 5,134,181      $ 5,963,231      $ 1,352,372      $ (4,091,340   $ 8,358,444   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) BP acquisition and Shell acquisition historical income tax expense was excluded from the standardized measure. Pro forma income tax expense reflects expense on the combined future net cash flows based on PXP’s estimated effective tax rate, after giving effect to the pro forma transactions. Variances in PXP’s effective tax rate from the 35% federal statutory rate primarily result from the effect of state income taxes.

 

 

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SUMMARY SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The merger will be accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, with FCX treated as the acquirer. Under the acquisition method of accounting the assets and liabilities of PXP will be recorded, as of the acquisition date, at their respective fair values and added to those of FCX.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet combines the historical consolidated balance sheets of FCX and PXP (including the pro forma effects of PXP’s GOM Acquisition and related financings that were completed on November 30, 2012) as of September 30, 2012, giving effect to the merger as if it had occurred on September 30, 2012. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statements of income combine the historical consolidated statements of income of FCX and PXP (including the pro forma effects of PXP’s GOM Acquisition and related financings that were completed on November 30, 2012) for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the nine months ended September 30, 2012, giving effect to the merger as if it had occurred on January 1, 2011. The pro forma financial information does not give effect to the costs of any integration activities or benefits that may result from the realization of future cost savings from operating efficiencies, or any other synergies that may result from the merger and changes in commodity and share prices. The pro forma financial information also does not give effect to the impact of the proposed acquisition of MMR by FCX. The MMR merger is a separate transaction and the completion of the MMR merger is not a condition to the completion of the merger, and the completion of the merger is not a condition to the completion of the MMR merger. Concurrent with the filing of this proxy statement/prospectus, FCX and MMR are filing a proxy statement/prospectus in connection with the MMR merger with FCX.

The summary selected unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been prepared for informational purposes only and does not purport to represent what the actual results of operations or the financial position of FCX would have been had the merger occurred on the dates assumed, nor is this information necessarily indicative of future consolidated results of operations or financial position. The following information has been derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements and the related notes included in this proxy statement/prospectus.

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statements of Income Data (in millions):

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2012
    Year Ended
December 31, 2011
 

Revenues

   $ 16,650      $ 24,742   

Cost of sales

     10,344        13,196   

Other operating costs and expenses

     652        957   

Operating income

     5,654        10,589   

Interest expense, net

     (478     (792

Income before taxes and equity in affiliated companies’ net earnings (losses)

     5,039        9,751   

Net income

     3,499        6,264   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (764     (1,189

Net income attributable to common stockholders

     2,735        5,075   

Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Balance Sheet Data (in millions):

 

     September 30, 2012  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 3,471   

Total assets

     57,362   

Total debt

     17,930   

Total stockholders’ equity

     19,944   

 

 

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UNAUDITED COMPARATIVE PER SHARE DATA

The following table sets forth certain historical, pro forma and pro forma equivalent per share financial information for FCX common stock and PXP common stock. The pro forma and pro forma-equivalent per share information gives effect to the merger as if the merger had been effective on the dates presented, in the case of the book value data, and as if the merger had become effective on January 1, 2011, in the case of the net income and dividends declared data. The pro forma data in the tables assumes that the merger is accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting and represents a current estimate based on available information of the combined company’s results of operations. The pro forma financial adjustments record the assets and liabilities of PXP at their estimated fair values and are subject to adjustment as additional information becomes available and as additional analyses are performed. See “Accounting Treatment.” The information in the following table is based on, and should be read together with, the historical financial information that we have presented in our prior filings with the SEC. See “Where You Can Find More Information.”

The pro forma information set forth below, while helpful in illustrating the financial characteristics of the combined company under one set of assumptions, does not reflect the possible impact on the combined company that may result as a consequence of the merger and, accordingly, does not attempt to predict or suggest future results. It also does not necessarily reflect what the historical results of the combined company would have been had our companies been combined during these periods. The Comparative Per Share Data Table for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, and for the year ended December 31, 2011 combines the historical income per share data of FCX and its subsidiaries and PXP and its subsidiaries giving effect to the merger as if the merger had become effective on January 1, 2011, using the acquisition method of accounting. Upon completion of the merger, the operating results of PXP will be reflected in the consolidated financial statements of FCX on a prospective basis.

 

     FCX
Historical
     PXP
Historical
     Pro Forma
Combined
    Equivalent
PXP(a)
 

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2011:

          

Basic

   $ 4.81       $ 1.45       $ 4.88      $ 3.19   

Diluted

     4.78         1.44         4.85        3.17   

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012:

          

Basic

     2.42         0.68         2.63        1.72   

Diluted

     2.41         0.67         2.62        1.71   

Dividends declared:

          

For the year ended December 31, 2011

     1.50         —           1.50 (b)      0.98   

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012

     0.9375         —           0.9375 (b)      0.61   

Book Value:

          

As of December 31, 2011

     16.50         24.99         N/A        N/A   

As of September 30, 2012

     18.06         25.49         19.16        12.51   

 

(a) The equivalent PXP amounts are calculated by multiplying the pro forma combined FCX and PXP amounts by the exchange ratio of 0.6531.
(b) Pro forma dividends per common share are based solely on historical dividends for FCX.

 

 

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RISK FACTORS

Any shares of FCX common stock received by PXP stockholders in connection with the merger will be subject to significant risks that are, in many cases, fundamentally different from the risks associated with their investment in PXP common stock. Accordingly, PXP stockholders are urged to consider the general investment risks and the other information contained in or incorporated by reference into this document, including the matters under the caption “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and the matters discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” included in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed by each of FCX and PXP for the year ended December 31, 2011, as updated by subsequently filed Forms 10-Q and 10-K/A. In addition, you should carefully consider the following factors in deciding whether to vote for adoption of the merger agreement.

Because the Market Price of FCX Common Stock Will Fluctuate, PXP Stockholders Cannot Be Sure of the Trading Price of the Merger Consideration They Will Receive.

Upon completion of the merger, each share of PXP common stock will be converted into the right to receive merger consideration consisting of shares of FCX common stock and/or cash pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. The value of the merger consideration PXP stockholders will receive will be based in part on the average closing price of FCX common stock on the NYSE for the ten trading days immediately preceding the five trading days immediately prior to the completion date of the merger. This average price may vary from the closing price of FCX common stock on the date we announced the merger, on the date this document was mailed to PXP stockholders and on the date of the meeting of the PXP stockholders. Changes in the market price of FCX common stock prior to completion of the merger will affect the value of the merger consideration that PXP stockholders will receive upon completion of the merger. Accordingly, at the time of the PXP special meeting and prior to the election deadline, PXP stockholders will not necessarily know or be able to calculate the amount of the cash consideration they would receive or the exchange ratio used to determine the number of any shares of FCX common stock they would receive upon completion of the merger. PXP is not permitted to resolicit the vote of PXP stockholders solely because of changes in the market price of either company’s stock. Stock price changes may result from a variety of factors, including general market and economic conditions, changes in our respective businesses, operations and prospects, and regulatory considerations. Many of these factors are beyond our control. You should obtain current market quotations for shares of FCX common stock and for shares of PXP common stock.

FCX and PXP May Experience Difficulties in Integrating Their Businesses, Which Could Cause the Combined Company to Fail to Realize Many of the Anticipated Potential Benefits of the Transaction.

We have entered into the merger agreement because we believe that the transaction will be beneficial to PXP, FCX and their respective stockholders. Achieving the anticipated benefits of the transaction will depend in part upon whether our two companies integrate our businesses in an efficient and effective manner. We may not be able to accomplish this integration process smoothly or successfully. The difficulties of combining the two companies’ businesses potentially will include, among other things:

 

   

the necessity of coordinating geographically separated organizations and addressing possible differences incorporating cultures and management philosophies, and the integration of certain operations following the transaction will require the dedication of significant management resources, which may temporarily distract management’s attention from the day-to-day business of the combined company;

 

   

any inability of our management to integrate successfully the operations of our two companies or to adapt to the addition of lines of business in which FCX has not historically engaged; and

 

   

any inability of our management to cause best practices to be applied to the combined company’s businesses.

 

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An inability to realize the full extent of the anticipated benefits of the transaction, as well as any delays encountered in the transition process, could have an adverse effect upon the revenues, level of expenses and operating results of the combined company, which may affect the value of the FCX common stock after the closing of the merger.

The Combined Company Will Depend on Its Senior Management Team and Other Key Employees, and the Loss of any of These Employees Could Adversely Affect the Combined Company’s Business.

Competition for qualified personnel can be very intense, and the success of the combined company after the transaction will depend in part upon the ability of FCX and PXP to retain senior management and other key employees of both companies. In addition, some members of senior management and other key employees may depart because of issues relating to the uncertainty or difficulty associated with the integration of the companies or a desire not to remain with the combined company. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that FCX or PXP will be able to retain senior management and key employees to the same extent that they have been able to do so in the past.

FCX May Not Be Able to Obtain the Financing Needed for the Transaction on Favorable Terms.

FCX has received commitments from certain lenders to provide financing of up to $9.5 billion in the aggregate for the transaction. However, if the proceeds of this financing are unavailable for any reason, FCX will be forced to obtain an alternate source of financing, which may be more expensive for FCX, may have an adverse impact on the combined company’s capital structure or may be unavailable.

The Market Price of FCX Common Stock after the Merger May Be Affected by Factors Different from Those Affecting the Shares of PXP or FCX Currently.

The businesses of FCX and PXP differ and, accordingly, the results of operations of the combined businesses and the market price of the combined company’s shares may be affected by factors that differ from those currently affecting the independent results of operations of PXP or FCX. For a discussion of the businesses of FCX and PXP and of certain factors to consider in connection with those businesses, see the documents incorporated by reference in this document and referred to under “Where You Can Find More Information.”

PXP Stockholders Will Have a Reduced Ownership and Voting Interest After the Merger and Will Exercise Less Influence Over Management.

Upon completion of the merger, each PXP stockholder receiving shares of FCX common stock will become a stockholder of FCX with a percentage ownership of the combined organization that is smaller than the stockholder’s prior percentage ownership of PXP. In fact, it is expected that the former stockholders of PXP as a group will own less than 10% of the outstanding shares of FCX immediately after the merger. As a result, PXP’s stockholders will have less influence on the management and policies of FCX than they now have on the management and policies of PXP.

The Merger Agreement Limits PXP’s Ability to Pursue Alternatives to the Merger.

The merger agreement contains “no shop” provisions that, subject to specified exceptions, limit PXP’s ability to discuss, facilitate or commit to competing third-party proposals to acquire all or a significant part of PXP, as well as a termination fee that is payable by PXP under certain circumstances. These provisions may discourage potential competing acquirers that might have an interest in acquiring all or a significant part of PXP from considering or proposing an acquisition, even one that would result in a higher per share price being paid to PXP stockholders than that proposed in the merger. The provisions might also result in a potential competing acquirer proposing to pay a lower per share price to acquire PXP than it might otherwise have proposed to pay.

 

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PXP Stockholders May Receive a Form of Consideration Different From What They Elect.

While each PXP stockholder may elect to receive all cash or all FCX common stock in the merger, the pools of cash and FCX common stock available for all PXP stockholders will be fixed amounts. As a result, you might receive all or a portion of your consideration in the form you did not elect if more PXP stockholders make a cash election or a stock election than there is consideration of such form available.

If You Are a PXP Stockholder and You Tender Shares of PXP Common Stock to Make an Election, You Will Not be Able to Sell Those Shares, Unless You Revoke Your Election Prior to the Election Deadline.

If you are a registered PXP stockholder and want to make a valid cash or stock election, you will have to deliver to the exchange agent your stock certificates (or follow the procedures for guaranteed delivery) and a properly completed and signed form of election. For further details on the determination of the election deadline, see “Proposal No. 1—The Merger Agreement—Conversion of Shares; Exchange of Certificates; Elections as to Form of Consideration—Form of Election.” The election deadline may be significantly in advance of the closing of the merger. You will not be able to sell any shares of PXP common stock that you have delivered as part of your election unless you revoke your election before the deadline by providing written notice to the exchange agent. If you do not revoke your election, you will not be able to liquidate your investment in PXP common stock for any reason until you receive cash and/or FCX common stock in the merger. In the time between the election deadline and the closing of the merger, the trading price of PXP or FCX common stock may decrease, and you might otherwise want to sell your shares of PXP common stock to gain access to cash, make other investments, or reduce the potential for a decrease in the value of your investment. The date that you will receive your merger consideration depends on the completion date of the merger, which is uncertain. The completion date of the merger might be later than expected due to unforeseen events, such as delays in obtaining regulatory approvals.

The Merger is Subject to the Receipt of Consents and Approvals from Governmental Entities that May Impose Conditions that Could Have an Adverse Effect on FCX.

Before the merger may be completed, various waivers, approvals, clearances or consents must be obtained from the FTC and the Antitrust Division, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and other authorities in the United States. These governmental entities may impose conditions on the completion of the merger or require changes to the terms of the merger. Although FCX and PXP do not currently expect that any such conditions or changes will be imposed, there can be no assurance that they will not be, and such conditions or changes could have the effect of delaying completion of the merger or imposing additional costs on or limiting the revenues of FCX following the merger, any of which might have an adverse effect on FCX following the merger.

PXP Executive Officers and Directors Have Financial Interests in the Merger that May be Different from, or in Addition to, the Interests of PXP Stockholders.

PXP’s officers and directors have financial interests in the merger that may be different from, or in addition to, the interests of other PXP stockholders. For example, certain executive officers and directors of PXP may receive certain payments with respect to outstanding equity awards, new equity awards with respect to FCX common stock, or severance pay and benefits upon a qualifying termination of employment. PXP’s board of directors was aware of these interests and took them into account in its decision to approve the merger agreement. For information concerning these interests, please see the discussion under the caption “The Merger—PXP’s Directors and Officers Have Financial Interests in the Merger.”

Shares of FCX Common Stock to be Received by PXP Stockholders as a Result of the Merger Will Have Different Rights from the Shares of PXP Common Stock.

Upon completion of the merger, PXP stockholders who receive the stock consideration will become FCX stockholders and their rights as stockholders will be governed by the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of FCX. The rights associated with PXP common stock are different from the rights associated with FCX common stock. See “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights” for a discussion of the different rights associated with FCX common stock.

 

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FCX Will be More Highly Leveraged After the Completion of the Merger.

FCX is incurring significant debt to consummate the merger and its pending acquisition of MMR. It is expected that FCX will utilize the financing to be made available pursuant to financing commitments to fund a portion of the cash consideration payable to the PXP stockholders and the MMR stockholders in the respective transactions. The combined company, on a pro forma basis, will have approximately $18 billion of consolidated debt (including $7 billion under a 364-day bridge loan), or approximately $20 billion if both the merger and the MMR merger are consummated (including $9.5 billion under a 364-day bridge loan). FCX intends to replace the financing under the bridge loans with longer-term financing in the form of newly issued senior unsecured notes and senior unsecured term loans, but may be unable to do so, or to do so on terms that FCX finds attractive. This debt could limit the combined company’s financial and operating flexibility, including by requiring the combined company to dedicate a substantial portion of its cash flows from operations and the proceeds of equity issuances to the repayment of its debt and the interest on its debt, making it more difficult for the combined company to obtain additional financing on favorable terms, limiting the combined company’s ability to capitalize on significant business opportunities and making the combined company more vulnerable to economic downturns. Additionally, the combined company’s ability to satisfy financial tests or utilize third-party guarantees for financial assurance with respect to reclamation obligations may be adversely impacted if its credit ratings were downgraded below investment grade.

Declines in the Market Prices of Oil, Natural Gas, Copper, Gold and Molybdenum Could Adversely Affect the Combined Company’s Earnings and Cash Flows, and Therefore its Ability to Repay its Debt.

The earnings and cash flows of the combined company will be affected significantly by the market prices of copper, gold, oil, natural gas and, to a lesser extent, molybdenum and cobalt. The world market prices of these commodities have fluctuated historically and will be affected by numerous factors beyond the control of the combined company. A decline in the world market price of one or more of these commodities could adversely affect the combined company’s earnings and cash flows and therefore could adversely affect its ability to repay its debt and depress its stock price.

Failure to Complete the Merger Could Negatively Impact the Stock Price of FCX and PXP, Respectively, and Their Respective Future Businesses and Financial Results.

If the merger is not completed, the ongoing businesses of FCX and PXP may be adversely affected and FCX and PXP will be subject to several risks and consequences, including the following:

 

   

under the merger agreement, PXP may be required, under certain circumstances, to reimburse up to $69 million of FCX’s expenses and/or to pay FCX a termination fee of $207 million (less any amounts previously paid in respect of expenses);

 

   

FCX and PXP will be required to pay certain costs relating to the merger, whether or not the merger is completed, such as legal, accounting, financial advisor and printing fees;

 

   

FCX and PXP would not realize the expected benefits of the merger;

 

   

under the merger agreement, each of FCX and PXP is subject to certain restrictions on the conduct of its business prior to completing the merger which may adversely affect its ability to execute certain of its business strategies; and

 

   

matters relating to the merger may require substantial commitments of time and resources by FCX and PXP management, which could otherwise have been devoted to other opportunities that may have been beneficial to FCX and PXP as independent companies.

In addition, if the merger is not completed, FCX and PXP may experience negative reactions from the financial markets and from their respective customers and employees. FCX and/or PXP also could be subject to litigation related to any failure to complete the merger or to enforcement proceedings commenced against FCX or PXP to attempt to force them to perform their respective obligations under the merger agreement.

 

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The Unaudited Pro Forma Financial Statements Included in This Document Are Presented for Illustrative Purposes Only and May Not be an Indication of the Combined Company’s Financial Condition or Results of Operations Following the Merger.

The unaudited pro forma financial statements contained in this document are presented for illustrative purposes only, are based on various adjustments, assumptions and preliminary estimates, and may not be an indication of the combined company’s financial condition or results of operations following the merger for several reasons. See “Summary—Summary Selected Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Consolidated Financial Information.” The actual financial condition and results of operations of the combined company following the merger may not be consistent with, or evident from, these pro forma financial statements. In addition, the assumptions used in preparing the pro forma financial information may not prove to be accurate, and other factors, including but not limited to the impact of the MMR merger, may affect the combined company’s financial condition or results of operations following the merger. Any potential decline in the combined company’s financial condition or results of operations may cause significant variations in the price of FCX common stock after completion of the merger.

Pending Litigation Against FCX, PXP, and MMR Could Result in an Injunction Preventing Completion of the Merger and/or the MMR Merger, the Payment of Damages in the Event that One or Both of the Mergers are Completed and/or may Adversely Affect the Combined Company’s Business, Financial Condition or Results of Operations Following the Merger.

Purported stockholders of each of PXP, FCX and MMR have filed putative class and derivative actions against, among others, FCX, PXP, MMR, and each of their directors. Multiple actions filed by purported PXP and FCX stockholders seek an injunction barring or rescinding the merger and damages in connection with that proposed transaction. In addition, multiple actions filed by purported MMR and FCX stockholders seek an injunction barring or rescinding the MMR merger and damages in connection with that proposed transaction. If a final settlement is not reached, or if dismissals of these actions are not obtained, these lawsuits could prevent or delay completion of either the merger or the MMR merger, or both mergers, and result in substantial costs to FCX, PXP, and MMR, including any costs associated with the indemnification of directors. Additional lawsuits related to the merger may be filed against FCX, PXP, MMR, and each of their directors. The defense or settlement of any lawsuit or claim that remains unresolved at the time the merger is completed may adversely affect the combined company’s business, financial condition or results of operations. See “Proposal No. 1—The Merger—Litigation Relating to the Merger.”

Consummating the Merger but Failing to Complete the MMR Merger Could Have Consequences Under the Clayton Antitrust Act and Negatively Affect the Combined Company’s Future Businesses and Financial Results.

If the merger is completed and the MMR merger is not completed, then the boards of directors and executive management of FCX and MMR may need to be reconstituted in order to comply with the Clayton Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) (the “Clayton Act”). Subject to certain de minimis exceptions, Section 8 of the Clayton Act prohibits individuals from serving as directors or officers of two competing corporations when each corporation has capital, surplus and undivided profits in excess of $27,784,000. Currently, FCX and MMR share overlapping board and management members, an overlap that is expected to continue even after the merger is consummated. In the event that the merger closes without the MMR merger also closing, the Department of Justice or FTC could investigate whether the combined company and MMR are competitors for purposes of the Clayton Act, and could seek to eliminate the interlock by securing resignation of the interlocked individuals or by pursuing injunctive relief. Private plaintiffs could also bring suits against the combined company seeking an injunction against the interlock. The potential distraction from operations, loss of key executive talent and cost of litigation could adversely affect the combined company’s business, financial condition or result of operations.

 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains or incorporates by reference a number of forward-looking statements, including statements about the financial conditions, results of operations, earnings outlook and prospects of FCX, PXP and the potential combined company and may include statements for the period following the completion of the merger. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “outlook,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project” and other similar words and expressions.

The forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. The ability of either FCX or PXP to predict results or the actual effects of its plans and strategies, or those of the combined company, is subject to inherent uncertainty. Factors that may cause actual results or earnings to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include those set forth under “Risk Factors,” as well as, among others, the following:

 

   

those discussed and identified in public filings with the SEC made by FCX or PXP;

 

   

unanticipated mining, milling, processing and other exploration and development problems;

 

   

accidents that lead to personal injury or property damage;

 

   

persistent commodity price reductions;

 

   

changes in political, social or economic circumstances in areas where FCX and PXP operate or plan to operate;

 

   

expropriation;

 

   

variances in ore grades or reserve estimates;

 

   

labor relations;

 

   

adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, such as earthquakes, droughts and hurricanes;

 

   

the speculative nature of mineral and oil and gas exploration;

 

   

fluctuations in interest rates and other adverse financial market conditions;

 

   

regulatory and litigation matters and risks;

 

   

changes in tax law and other laws;

 

   

the risk that a condition to closing of the transaction may not be satisfied;

 

   

the risk that a regulatory approval required for the transaction is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated;

 

   

costs arising from potential negative investor reactions to the transaction;

 

   

other risks to consummation of the transaction;

 

   

the merger may be more expensive to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events; and

 

   

the integration of PXP’s business and operations with those of FCX may take longer than anticipated, may be more costly than anticipated and may have unanticipated adverse results relating to PXP’s or FCX’s existing businesses.

Because these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements, which speak only as of the date of this document or the date of any document incorporated by reference in this document.

 

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All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the merger or other matters addressed in this document and attributable to FCX or PXP or any person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this document. Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, FCX and PXP undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

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THE PXP SPECIAL MEETING

This section contains information about the special meeting of PXP stockholders that has been called to consider and approve the merger of PXP with and into Merger Sub, with Merger Sub surviving the merger.

Together with this document, we are also sending you a notice of the special meeting and a form of proxy that is solicited by PXP’s board of directors. The special meeting will be held at                    , at                    , local time, on                    , 2013, subject to any adjournments or postponements.

Matters to Be Considered

The purpose of the special meeting is to:

 

   

adopt the merger agreement;

 

   

to consider and cast an advisory (non-binding) vote on the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger;

 

   

to approve the adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; and

 

   

to transact such other business as may properly come before the special meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

Proxies

Each copy of this document mailed to holders of PXP common stock is accompanied by a form of proxy with instructions for voting. If you hold stock in your name as a stockholder of record, you should complete and return the proxy card accompanying this document to ensure that your vote is counted at the special meeting, or at any adjournment or postponement of the special meeting, regardless of whether you plan to attend the special meeting. You may also authorize a proxy to vote your shares by telephone or through the Internet as instructed on the proxy card.

If you hold your stock in “street name” through a bank or broker, you must direct your bank or broker to vote in accordance with the instructions you have received from your bank or broker.

If you hold stock in your name as a stockholder of record, you may revoke any proxy at any time before it is voted by (1) signing and returning a proxy card with a later date or submitting another proxy via the Internet or by telephone, (2) delivering a written revocation letter to PXP’s Secretary or (3) attending the special meeting in person, notifying the Secretary, and voting by ballot at the special meeting. If you hold your stock in “street name” through a bank or broker, you must follow your bank’s or broker’s instructions to revoke your proxy.

Any stockholder entitled to vote in person at the special meeting may vote in person regardless of whether a proxy has been previously given, and such vote will revoke any previous proxy but the mere presence (without notifying PXP’s Secretary and voting by ballot) of a stockholder at the special meeting will not constitute revocation of a previously given proxy.

Written notices of revocation and other communications about revoking your proxy should be addressed to:

Plains Exploration & Production Company

700 Milam, Suite 3100

Houston, Texas 77002

Attention: Secretary

 

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All shares represented by valid proxies that PXP receives through this solicitation, and that are not revoked, will be voted in accordance with your instructions on the proxy card. If you make no specification on your proxy card as to how you want your shares voted before signing and returning it, your proxy will be voted “FOR” the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; “FOR” the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger; and “FOR” any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement. PXP’s board of directors is not currently aware of any business to be acted upon at the special meeting other than the matters described in this document. If, however, other matters are properly brought before the special meeting, the persons appointed as proxies will have discretion to vote or act on those matters as in their judgment is in the best interest of PXP and its stockholders.

Solicitation of Proxies

FCX and PXP will each bear their own costs and expenses incurred in connection with the filing, printing and mailing of the document and the retention of any information agent or other service provider in connection with the merger. This proxy solicitation is being made by PXP on behalf of the PXP board of directors. PXP has hired                  to assist in the solicitation of proxies. In addition to this mailing, proxies may be solicited by directors, officers or employees of PXP or its affiliates in person or by telephone or electronic transmission. None of the directors, officers or employees will be directly compensated for such services.

Record Date

The close of business on                     , 2013 has been fixed as the record date for determining the PXP stockholders entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the special meeting. At that time, approximately shares of PXP common stock were outstanding and held by approximately                 holders of record.

Voting Rights and Vote Required

The presence at the special stockholders’ meeting of the holders, present in person or represented by proxy, of a majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote at the meeting is necessary to constitute a quorum. Abstentions will be counted for the purpose of determining whether a quorum is present.

Under applicable Delaware law, the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of PXP’s common stock entitled to vote as of the record date is required to adopt the merger agreement. Any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement requires the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of PXP’s common stock present at the special meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote, whether or not a quorum exists. Because the required vote to adopt the merger agreement is based upon the number of PXP shares issued and outstanding on the record date and entitled to vote and the required vote for adjournment of the special meeting is based upon the number of PXP shares held by stockholders present, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote, and not the number of PXP shares that are actually voted, abstentions and any broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote cast against such proposals.

The affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the votes cast is required to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger. The vote to approve the specified compensation is not a condition to the completion of the merger, and the vote of PXP’s stockholders on the proposal is advisory in nature and will not be binding on FCX or PXP. Accordingly, regardless of the outcome of the advisory vote, if the merger is approved and completed, specified compensation may be paid. For purposes of determining the number of votes cast with respect to such matter, only those votes cast “for” and “against” a proposal are counted. Abstentions and any broker non-votes will not be counted “for” or “against” a proposal and, accordingly, will not have an effect on the outcome of the advisory vote.

 

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As of the record date, directors and executive officers of PXP and its affiliates, had the right to vote approximately                 shares of PXP common stock, or             % of the outstanding PXP common stock at that date.

Recommendation of the PXP Board of Directors

The PXP board of directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the merger. The PXP board of directors determined that the merger, the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby are advisable and in the best interests of PXP and its stockholders and recommends that you vote “FOR” the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; “FOR” the proposal to approve, on an advisory (non-binding) basis, the specified compensation that may be received by PXP’s named executive officers in connection with the merger; and “FOR” any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement. See “Proposal No. 1—The Merger—PXP’s Reasons for the Merger; Recommendation of the PXP Board of Directors” for a more detailed discussion of the PXP board of directors’ recommendation.

Attending the Meeting

All holders of PXP common stock, including stockholders of record and stockholders who hold their shares through banks, brokers, nominees or any other holder of record, are invited to attend the special meeting. Stockholders of record can vote in person at the special meeting. If you are not a stockholder of record, you must obtain a proxy executed in your favor from the record holder of your shares, such as a broker, bank or other nominee, to be able to vote in person at the special meeting. If you plan to attend the special meeting, you must hold your shares in your own name or have a letter from the record holder of your shares confirming your ownership and you must bring a form of personal photo identification with you in order to be admitted. PXP reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone without both proper proof of share ownership and proper photo identification.

Adjournments and Postponements

The special meeting may be adjourned upon the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the shares of PXP’s common stock present at the special meeting, in person or by proxy, and entitled to vote, whether or not a quorum exists. The special meeting may be adjourned without notice other than announcement at the meeting, except, if the adjournment is for more than 30 days or if after the adjournment a new record date is fixed for the reconvened meeting, a notice of the reconvened meeting must be given to each stockholder entitled to vote at such meeting.

In addition, at any time prior to convening the special meeting, PXP’s board of directors may postpone the special meeting without the approval of PXP’s stockholders. If postponed, PXP will publicly announce the new meeting date. Similar to adjournments, any postponement of the special meeting for the purpose of soliciting additional proxies will allow PXP stockholders who have already sent in their proxies to revoke them at any time prior to their use.

 

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PROPOSAL NO. 1—THE MERGER

Background of the Merger

Each of FCX, PXP and MMR periodically evaluate opportunities to achieve long-term operational and financial goals and to enhance stockholder value through strategic transactions, including business combinations, divestitures, acquisitions and joint ventures.

FCX’s management regularly reviews business strategy and financial policy with the FCX board of directors (“FCX Board”). With FCX’s positive outlook for commodities in recent years and FCX’s strong financial position, the FCX Board has encouraged management to identify internal and external growth opportunities. The FCX Board also periodically considers cash returns to stockholders through regular and supplemental dividends and share purchases. The FCX Board reinstated a quarterly common stock dividend in 2009, increased the dividend twice during 2010, and paid a supplemental dividend in December 2010.

Also during 2009 and 2010, FCX’s management identified several financially attractive organic growth projects in the copper and molybdenum markets and the FCX Board approved investments in these projects. In addition, FCX’s management identified a pipeline of potential brownfield development projects for future growth. Because of the nature and scale of mining investments, requirements for feasibility studies, detailed engineering, permitting and other factors, projects typically take many years to develop. FCX’s management has also regularly evaluated external opportunities for investments in mining projects but has found limited opportunities in recent years to acquire high quality copper assets from other companies on financial terms that would be attractive to FCX.

During 2010, the FCX Board discussed the possibility of using some of the cash flow generated by FCX’s mining operations to invest in other natural resources, including a potential investment in oil and gas resources with MMR. After concluding that such an investment may be in FCX’s interest, the FCX Board appointed an independent committee in May 2010 to consider the opportunity of investing in MMR.

In December 2010, MMR purchased all of PXP’s interests in PXP’s U.S. Gulf of Mexico leasehold acreage located in less than 500 feet of water in exchange for consideration including cash and 51 million shares of MMR common stock. In connection with the acquisition of PXP’s interest, and in order to fund its expanded drilling program, MMR raised $900 million through the issuance of convertible securities. FCX invested $500 million in MMR’s convertible preferred stock on the same terms as institutional investors. Beginning with the closing of MMR’s asset acquisition in December 2010, PXP was granted the right to appoint two members of MMR’s board of directors as long as it maintained certain minimum ownership levels of MMR common stock, and PXP appointed James C. Flores and John F. Wombwell to serve as its designees on the MMR board. As a result of these transactions, FCX beneficially owns approximately 16.2% of MMR’s outstanding common shares on an as-converted basis, and PXP beneficially owns approximately 31.5% of MMR’s outstanding shares of common stock.

During 2011 and 2012, FCX’s management continued to advance its investments in brownfield development projects, with three expansion projects expected to increase annual copper production by one billion pounds in the next few years. FCX’s management and the FCX Board also continued to evaluate and consider external opportunities for investments in mining but found limited opportunities to acquire copper assets that met FCX’s investment criteria. In addition, the FCX Board continued to consider cash returns to stockholders, paying a supplemental dividend in June 2011 and increasing the regular dividend in February 2012.

James R. Moffett, FCX’s Chairman and MMR’s Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and James C. Flores, PXP’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, have periodically discussed the long-term strategic goals and objectives of each of FCX, MMR and PXP, including with respect to each of FCX’s and PXP’s investment in MMR’s securities. In January 2012, pursuant to registration rights granted to PXP in connection with its acquisition of MMR securities, PXP requested MMR to file a registration statement with the Securities and

 

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Exchange Commission with respect to the sale of a portion of the MMR common stock owned by PXP. Subsequent to such request and during the first quarter of 2012, Mr. Moffett and Mr. Flores discussed in general terms the potential of FCX acquiring the MMR common stock owned by PXP or a potential combination transaction among the three companies.

In April 2012, FCX’s management retained Hanover Advisors LLC to provide financial consulting services with respect to FCX’s potential acquisition of certain oil and gas assets.

On April 3, 2012, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of PXP (the “PXP Board”), Mr. Flores informed the PXP Board of his discussions with Mr. Moffett. Subsequent to this meeting, representatives of PXP contacted representatives of Barclays about the potential transaction between PXP and FCX.

On April 30, 2012, Mr. Moffett discussed with the FCX and MMR directors the potential of combining FCX and MMR, along with PXP, to create a premier U.S.-based natural resources company with a successful record of building values through mineral and oil and gas exploration, development and production. During this discussion, Mr. Moffett noted the proven track record of the companies’ management teams in finding and developing world class mineral and oil and gas assets and described the potential benefits of combining the companies. During the executive session at a meeting on May 1, 2012, the FCX Board discussed the potential of increasing FCX’s North American operations, and diversifying into oil and gas exploration and production. In particular, the FCX Board discussed potential business combination transactions with one or both of MMR and PXP. Subsequent to the April 30, 2012 discussions and the May 1, 2012 FCX Board meeting, Mr. Moffett contacted Mr. Flores to inform him of FCX’s continued interest in a possible combination with PXP and MMR.

On May 3, 2012, management of PXP and representatives of Barclays made a presentation to the PXP Board concerning a possible combination with FCX and MMR.

At a meeting on May 24, 2012, the FCX Board again discussed potential business combination transactions with one or both of MMR and PXP and established a special committee of independent directors (the “FCX special committee”), which it authorized to review, evaluate and, as appropriate, negotiate with either or both MMR and PXP regarding a possible transaction, with a view toward making a recommendation to the FCX Board as to whether FCX should pursue a transaction with either company. The FCX Board appointed Messrs. Allison, Krulak, Lackey, Madonna and McCoy to the FCX special committee. None of these directors served on the board of directors or as a member of management of either MMR or PXP, and all were the same directors who constituted the special committee of the FCX Board formed in connection with FCX’s 2010 purchase of MMR convertible preferred stock. The FCX special committee determined to elect Mr. Allison as chairman for reasons including his past experience as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and to retain Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (“Wachtell Lipton”) as its legal counsel.

Given that FCX was considering the acquisition of both MMR and PXP and in light of FCX’s and PXP’s beneficial ownership in MMR, the MMR board of directors determined on May 24, 2012 that it would be in the best interests of MMR and its stockholders to establish a special committee of directors unaffiliated with FCX or PXP (the “MMR special committee”), comprised of Messrs. William P. Carmichael and A. Peyton Bush, III, two of the three independent directors of MMR, to consider any potential proposals made by FCX with respect to MMR as well as any alternatives available to MMR, including potential transactions with third parties. The MMR board of directors delegated to the MMR special committee the full power and authority of the board to, among other things, (1) consider and evaluate any proposals with respect to MMR and any alternatives, (2) negotiate the terms of any potential transaction, (3) reject any potential transaction, and (4) recommend a potential transaction or any other alternatives to the MMR board of directors. Messrs. Flores and Wombwell recused themselves from, and did not participate in, this meeting.

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committee the qualifications of each investment bank, and the FCX special committee determined to retain Credit Suisse as its financial advisor in connection with potential transactions involving either or both of PXP and MMR, subject to negotiation of an acceptable engagement letter.

On May 30, 2012, the MMR special committee retained Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (“Weil”), as its independent legal counsel in connection with a potential transaction.

On June 12, 2012, the MMR special committee decided to retain Evercore Group L.L.C. (“Evercore”), as its financial advisor in connection with a potential transaction.

On June 21, PXP retained Jefferies & Company, Inc. (“Jefferies”) as one of its financial advisors.

On June 22, 2012, FCX and PXP entered into a confidentiality agreement, after which FCX and PXP began to exchange non-public information in connection with the potential transaction. On June 28, 2012, at a meeting of the FCX special committee in Houston, Texas, the FCX special committee, with the assistance of representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, reviewed and discussed each of PXP and MMR. The FCX special committee also decided to retain petroleum engineers in connection with its evaluation of the potential transactions. The FCX special committee subsequently engaged the RPS Group (“RPS”) to perform a review and analysis on the reserves and resource potential of each of MMR and PXP.

On July 11, 2012, FCX and MMR entered into a confidentiality agreement, after which FCX and MMR began to exchange non-public information in connection with the potential transaction. Throughout this period, Mr. Allison, in his capacity as chairman of the FCX special committee, periodically spoke with each of Mr. Flores and Mr. Bush, a member of the MMR special committee, with respect to the review process and the potential for a transaction with either or both of their respective companies.

On July 16, 2012, MMR and PXP entered into a confidentiality agreement, which included a six-month standstill provision. After executing the confidentiality agreement, PXP and MMR began to exchange non-public information in connection with the potential transactions.

On July 31, 2012, the FCX special committee held a telephonic meeting attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton. During the meeting, Credit Suisse updated the FCX special committee with regard to the status of its review of data and information with respect to PXP, including the review and analysis being conducted by RPS, and the FCX special committee authorized Credit Suisse, RPS and Wachtell Lipton to continue reviewing information with respect to each of PXP and MMR. This review continued during the month of August.

On August 1, 2012, the PXP Board met and received an update on a potential combination with FCX and MMR. At this meeting, the PXP Board discussed the financial and operating characteristics of the combined company.

On August 14, 2012, Mr. Moffett and three MMR geologists met with PXP representatives to discuss PXP’s Gulf of Mexico exploration properties.

On August 15, 2012, representatives of RPS, Credit Suisse, Wachtell Lipton and Evercore, MMR’s financial advisor, met with management of MMR in Houston to gather and discuss information regarding certain aspects of MMR’s operations.

On September 10, PXP announced its entry into definitive agreements to acquire Gulf of Mexico oil and gas properties from BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Production Company and Shell Offshore Inc. for total consideration of approximately $6.1 billion.

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RPS’ ongoing review of the exploration and production assets and prospects of PXP and MMR. The update included an analysis of the assets and prospects of each company located in various geologic regions, management estimates, and historical success levels in each such region. Also during this meeting, the FCX special committee met with Mr. Flores and discussed with him PXP’s recent acquisitions and plans for future development and PXP’s interest in MMR.

In the weeks following September 20, 2012, Credit Suisse, Wachtell Lipton and RPS continued their review of data and information relating to the assets and business of each of MMR and PXP. At a telephonic meeting on October 9, Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton updated the FCX special committee on the status of their reviews. At the request of the FCX special committee, Credit Suisse discussed matters relating to the potential transaction with PXP, including information received from RPS based on its ongoing review of PXP’s existing assets and the assets to be acquired in PXP’s pending Gulf of Mexico acquisitions. RPS continued its review of data and information relating to the assets and business of each of MMR and PXP through the beginning of December.

On September 20, 2012, Mr. Flores informed Mr. Allison that PXP had determined to focus on its recently announced Gulf of Mexico acquisition and terminated its discussions with FCX concerning a possible combination.

On October 24, 2012, at a meeting of the FCX special committee in Houston attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, the FCX special committee discussed the status of each potential transaction, including the possibility of an overriding royalty trust structure that the financial advisor to the MMR special committee had suggested the FCX special committee consider as part of the consideration in a potential transaction. The FCX special committee asked Mr. Adkerson and Ms. Quirk to attend part of the meeting to provide input on the pro forma balance sheet and capitalization of the companies, if combined, and to comment on potential stockholder reaction to the proposed transactions. At the request of the FCX special committee, Mr. Moffett also attended a portion of the meeting for the purpose of discussing issues related to the potential transactions.

On October 27, 2012, Mr. Allison and Mr. Flores spoke to determine that PXP was willing to re-engage in discussions with FCX with respect to a potential transaction.

On October 28, 2012, at a telephonic meeting of the FCX special committee attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, Mr. Allison informed the committee of recent discussions with Mr. Flores in which Mr. Flores expressed PXP’s preference that any potential transaction include FCX common stock as a significant proportion (approximately two-thirds) of the consideration payable to PXP stockholders. Separately, Latham & Watkins LLP, counsel to PXP (“Latham & Watkins”), informed Wachtell Lipton that, in addition to the price to be paid to PXP stockholders, PXP was focused on any potential conditionality of a transaction, and was not interested in pursuing any transaction that would be conditioned on the closing of a transaction with MMR or would require a vote of the FCX stockholders. Mr. Allison also informed the FCX special committee of recent discussions between Mr. Allison and Mr. Bush during which Mr. Bush informed Mr. Allison of the MMR special committee’s opinion that a form of contingent consideration could be desirable as a component of any potential transaction between the parties. The FCX special committee discussed potential cash, stock and contingent consideration structures for acquisitions of each of MMR and PXP, including the accretive or dilutive effect of the various structures to FCX’s stockholders, the availability of debt financing, prevailing interest rates at which FCX would anticipate being able to raise financing to fund any cash consideration, and the appropriate valuation and consideration mixes that could be explored with the representatives of each company, and agreed to schedule a follow-up meeting to further discuss those issues. In addition, the FCX special committee, with the assistance of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, discussed certain matters relating to potential transactions or actions with respect to FCX’s capital structure that might be undertaken either as alternatives to, or in connection with, any potential transaction with PXP and/or MMR.

On October 30, 2012, at a regularly scheduled telephonic meeting of the FCX Board, the FCX special committee provided the FCX Board with an update on the status of each transaction.

 

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At a telephonic meeting on October 30, 2012 attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, the FCX special committee, with the assistance of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, discussed the consideration structures for the potential acquisition of each of MMR and PXP (including the effect on FCX’s post-transaction capital structure of offering consideration consisting of either cash or FCX common stock), and thereafter the FCX special committee authorized Mr. Allison to discuss a potential transaction with PXP at a price of up to $47 per share, with the consideration consisting of half cash and half FCX common stock, and to discuss a potential transaction with MMR at a price of up to $15 per share in cash, subject in each case to the committee deciding to recommend a transaction to the FCX Board.

On October 31, 2012, the PXP Board held a regularly scheduled meeting at which it discussed the possible transaction with FCX.

On November 1, 2012, the MMR special committee met by telephone with Evercore and Weil to inform them of a conversation with Mr. Allison, who informed the MMR special committee that, while FCX had not made a decision with respect to whether to pursue a transaction with MMR and had not made any changes in its investment intent with respect to its current ownership of MMR securities, it was willing to discuss the potential for an acquisition of MMR by FCX for $15 per share in cash, subject to FCX Board approval. The MMR special committee, Evercore and Weil determined to meet in person the following week after Evercore had an opportunity to analyze and evaluate this information and determine next steps.

On November 1, 2012, Mr. Allison contacted Mr. Flores and indicated that FCX had continued its evaluation of PXP and was willing to discuss a potential merger with PXP, with consideration of up to $47 per share consisting of half cash and half FCX common stock.

On November 6, 2012, the PXP Board met with its legal and financial advisors to consider the FCX proposal. At that meeting, the PXP Board authorized Mr. Flores to respond to Mr. Allison that PXP would potentially be interested in a transaction at $55 per share with one-third of the consideration in cash and two-thirds of the consideration in FCX common stock. The PXP Board also discussed the potential role of PXP’s senior management in the management of the combined company.

On November 9, 2012, the MMR special committee, Evercore and Weil met in person at Evercore’s offices in Houston, Texas to discuss and evaluate the FCX special committee’s proposal. After discussion, the MMR special committee determined to respond to the FCX special committee with a proposal to discuss a potential transaction that would give MMR shareholders the option of receiving $17.50 per share in cash or $16.00 per share in cash and one unit of a 4% overriding royalty interest trust in certain of MMR’s exploration prospects, which the MMR special committee valued at $1.50 per unit.

On November 9, 2012, Mr. Allison discussed with Mr. Flores the possibility of a business combination transaction with PXP. Mr. Flores indicated that PXP would potentially be interested in a transaction at $55 per share with one-third of the consideration in the form of cash and two-thirds of the consideration in the form of FCX common stock.

On November 9, 2012, the FCX special committee held a telephonic meeting attended by Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton during which Mr. Allison updated the members of the committee with respect to his discussions with Mr. Flores. Also at this meeting, representatives of Credit Suisse discussed with the FCX special committee certain matters relating to the potential transaction with each of PXP and MMR. The FCX special committee authorized Mr. Allison to continue discussions with each of PXP and MMR, and authorized Mr. Allison to discuss with Mr. Flores a potential valuation of PXP of $49 to $50 per share.

At a telephonic meeting on November 11, 2012 attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, the FCX special committee authorized Mr. Allison to continue discussing potential transactions with each of PXP and MMR. During this meeting, Credit Suisse informed the FCX special committee that representatives of Evercore had recently reiterated that the MMR special committee desired the consideration in any transaction to include a contingent component such as an overriding royalty interest in MMR’s future production.

 

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On November 11, 2012, Mr. Allison informed Mr. Bush that the FCX special committee would be willing to discuss a potential transaction involving consideration of $15 per share in cash and units in a royalty trust holding a 4% overriding royalty interest in future production from certain of MMR’s exploration prospects, which was a structure that had been previously used in a public company acquisition of an oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Bush stated that the MMR special committee would discuss the potential consideration with its advisors.

On November 11, 2012, Mr. Flores informed Mr. Allison that PXP believed the consideration in any potential transaction should be in the range of $49 - $51 per share of PXP common stock. Mr. Allison agreed to convey that information to the FCX special committee for discussion.

On November 11, 2012, Wachtell Lipton distributed a draft merger agreement to Latham & Watkins.

The PXP Board held a special telephonic meeting on November 14, 2012, with certain members of PXP management and representatives of Barclays and Latham & Watkins present. During the meeting, Mr. Flores provided an update on the potential transaction with FCX. The PXP Board discussed with its legal and financial advisors the proposed terms of the transaction with FCX, including FCX’s proposed consideration of $49 – $50 per share of PXP common stock, FCX’s proposal to pay the consideration half in cash and half in FCX common stock, the need to retain PXP’s senior management to provide strong operating results for the combined company, and the need to retain a number of PXP directors to maintain continuity on the combined company’s board. Following the discussions, the PXP Board agreed that PXP should continue negotiations with FCX and refine the terms of the draft merger agreement provided by Wachtell Lipton.

On November 15, 2012, during a telephonic meeting of the FCX special committee attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, Mr. Allison informed the FCX special committee that in a recent discussion with Mr. Flores, Mr. Flores had expressed interest on behalf of PXP in a potential transaction with FCX at a price range of $49 – $51 per share with consideration to consist of half cash and half FCX common stock, and that Mr. Allison and Mr. Flores had discussed Mr. Flores’ potential role in the management of the combined company. Also on November 15, 2012, management of each of FCX and PXP met in Houston, together with their respective legal and financial advisors, with each party answering questions of the other party’s management and representatives. Mr. Allison attended this meeting in his capacity as chairman of the FCX special committee.

On November 16, 2012, Mr. Bush contacted Mr. Allison to propose discussion of a potential transaction with consideration consisting of $16 per share in cash and units in a royalty trust holding a 4% overriding royalty interest in MMR’s future production from certain exploration prospects.

On November 18, 2012, the FCX special committee met telephonically to discuss the transactions with representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton present. During this meeting, Mr. Allison informed the FCX special committee that Mr. Bush had indicated to Mr. Allison that the MMR special committee would potentially be interested in discussing a transaction with consideration consisting of $16 per share in cash and units in a royalty trust holding a 4% overriding royalty interest in future production from certain of MMR’s exploration prospects.

Later that day, Mr. Allison called Mr. Bush and proposed revised terms of $15.50 per share in cash and one unit of a 4% overriding royalty interest trust in MMR’s ultra-deep prospects, which the MMR special committee valued at $1.50 per unit, subject to FCX Board approval.

On November 19, 2012, Wachtell Lipton sent Weil an initial draft term sheet outlining the terms of the proposed overriding royalty interest trust, which included, among other things, a 10-year term and a 4% overriding royalty interest in the hydrocarbons produced from certain of MMR’s exploration prospects. Later on November 21, Wachtell Lipton distributed to Weil a draft merger agreement.

 

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On November 26, 2012, MMR issued a press release providing an update on its Gulf of Mexico exploration and development activities, including with respect to the Davy Jones No. 1 production test. That same day, MMR’s stock price declined approximately 22%.

The PXP Board met with its legal and financial advisors on November 28, 2012 to discuss the proposed transaction with FCX, including the proposed range of consideration. Barclays provided an overview of the mining industry in general and the copper industry in particular, the strategic benefits that could be expected to be realized and the strategic rationale of the transaction with FCX.

On November 29, 2012, the FCX special committee held a telephonic meeting attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton and discussed recent trading activity in MMR shares, including a review of the transcript of an investor call recently held by MMR and recently released research analyst reports relating to MMR’s common stock. In light of the decline in MMR’s stock price, the committee authorized Mr. Allison to discuss a potential transaction with Mr. Bush involving reduced consideration of $14 per share in cash and units in a royalty trust holding a 4% overriding royalty interest in future production from certain of MMR’s exploration prospects.

On November 30, 2012, representatives of Credit Suisse discussed the potential consideration for the MMR transaction with representatives of Evercore Group L.L.C., MMR’s financial advisor (“Evercore”), during which Evercore suggested a 6% overriding royalty interest trust. At the direction of members of the FCX special committee, the representatives of Credit Suisse informed the representatives of Evercore that the FCX special committee was unlikely to recommend in favor of a transaction involving a 6% overriding royalty trust interest due to concerns regarding dilution of FCX’s interest in the subject properties. MMR’s special committee met later that day and, following that meeting, Mr. Bush informed Mr. Allison of the MMR special committee’s proposed transaction consideration of $14.75 per share in cash and 1.15 units of a 5% overriding royalty interest trust. Mr. Allison discussed this proposed consideration with the individual members of the FCX special committee, and informed Mr. Bush that, based on such discussions, he believed that the FCX special committee was likely to support recommendation of a transaction involving this level of consideration.

On November 30, 2012, PXP closed its acquisitions of assets in the Gulf of Mexico from each of BP and Shell and the PXP Board met with its legal and financial advisors to discuss the progress of the financial, accounting and legal diligence review of FCX and MMR. At this meeting, representatives of Barclays reviewed Barclays’ preliminary financial analyses regarding a strategic combination with FCX with the PXP Board. Additionally, Jefferies updated the PXP Board on the status of FCX’s proposed transaction with MMR, including Jefferies’ analysis of the proposed consideration.

On December 1, 2012, Wachtell Lipton distributed to Weil a draft voting and support agreement to be entered into in connection with the MMR transaction.

On December 3, 2012, at a meeting of the FCX special committee in Austin, Texas attended by representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton, Mr. Allison informed the FCX special committee that PXP had indicated that it was prepared to recommend to its board that PXP enter into a definitive agreement providing for a transaction at a price of $50 per share consisting of an equal amount of cash and FCX common stock as merger consideration, and that, subject to negotiation of the final terms of the merger agreement, the MMR special committee had indicated that it was prepared to recommend to its board that MMR enter into a transaction at a price of $14.75 per share in cash and units in a royalty trust holding a 5% overriding royalty interest in future production from certain of MMR’s exploration prospects. After discussion, the FCX special committee agreed to move forward with its recommendation of the potential transactions, subject to the FCX special committee’s receiving additional information as to the management structure of the combined company.

In the evening of December 3, 2012, the FCX special committee held a meeting that Messrs. Moffett, Adkerson and Flores, at the invitation of the FCX special committee, also attended to discuss the roles that each of them would play in the combined company after a transaction. In addition, the meeting was attended by representatives of Wachtell Lipton. After speaking with Messrs. Moffett, Adkerson and Flores, the FCX special committee tentatively determined to recommend to the FCX Board the transactions with each of PXP and MMR on the terms that had been described earlier that day to the FCX special committee.

 

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On December 4, 2012, the PXP Board met with certain members of management and representatives of Barclays and Latham & Watkins to discuss FCX’s proposed transactions with PXP and MMR. Mr. Flores described the proposed consideration to be paid by FCX for MMR. The PXP Board also discussed the proposed terms of the transaction between FCX and PXP. Latham & Watkins described the terms of the merger agreement (including the no-shop and termination provisions), the voting and support agreement, the letter agreements to be entered into by certain of PXP’s officers and the FCX commitment letter. Representatives of Barclays then reviewed the Barclays fairness opinion analyses with respect to the transaction and confirmed that Barclays was in a position to issue its fairness opinion.

The FCX Board and the FCX special committee met concurrently on December 4, 2012 to consider the proposed transactions with each of PXP and MMR. At the invitation of the FCX board and the FCX special committee, certain members of FCX’s management and representatives of Hanover Advisors also participated in the meeting. At the request of the FCX special committee, representatives of Credit Suisse and Wachtell Lipton also participated in the meeting. The FCX special committee and the FCX Board reviewed and discussed the proposed mergers with each of PXP and MMR.

Representatives of Wachtell Lipton then reviewed the terms of the proposed merger agreements to be entered into with PXP and MMR and other related transaction documents. Representatives of Wachtell Lipton then reviewed the terms of waiver letters and other employment arrangements to be entered into by Mr. Flores and other PXP officers in connection with the PXP transaction and the terms of the financing to be entered into in connection with the transactions, and reviewed with the FCX special committee and FCX Board their fiduciary duties with respect to the transactions.

Following that discussion, the members of the FCX special committee approved and declared advisable each of the merger agreements with PXP and MMR, the related transactions, and the additional transaction documents, and recommended that the FCX Board approve the same. Wachtell Lipton then described to the FCX Board the resolutions in connection with each of the transactions. At this time, each of Messrs. Adkerson, Moffett and Siegele recused themselves. Following discussion, the FCX Board, upon recommendation of the FCX special committee, approved each of the merger agreements with PXP and MMR, the related transactions, the transaction documents and other matters in connection with the transactions.

On the morning of December 5, 2012, the PXP Board met by telephone with representatives of Latham & Watkins and Barclays. Representatives of Barclays delivered Barclays’ oral opinion, which opinion was subsequently confirmed by delivery of a written opinion dated December 5, 2012, to the effect that as of the date of the merger agreement and based upon and subject to the qualifications, limitations and assumptions stated in its opinion, from a financial point of view, the merger consideration to be offered to PXP’s stockholders was fair to such stockholders. The PXP Board approved the merger agreement with FCX and the related transactions.

On the morning of December 5, 2012, each of the MMR special committee and the MMR board of directors met by telephone with Weil and Evercore, and the MMR board of directors approved the merger agreement with FCX and the related transactions. Messrs. Flores and Wombwell recused themselves from, and did not participate in, this meeting.

On December 5, the merger agreements and related transaction documents were executed by the parties thereto, and FCX, PXP and MMR issued a joint press release announcing the transactions.

FCX’s Reasons for the Merger

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relative weight to different factors considered in reaching their decisions. In addition, individual members of the FCX special committee and the FCX board of directors, in approving the merger, may have given different weight to different factors. The FCX special committee and the FCX board of directors considered this information as a whole, and overall considered it to be favorable to, and in support of, their determination. In determining that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby are advisable and in the best interests of FCX and its stockholders, the FCX special committee and FCX board of directors considered a number of factors pertaining to the strategic and financial rationale for the merger, including the following:

 

   

Opportunity to Create A Premier U.S.-Based Natural Resource Company. The combination with PXP provides FCX with the opportunity to acquire a portfolio of high quality oil and natural gas exploration and production assets in attractive onshore and offshore U.S. geological basins that complement FCX’s existing portfolio of mining assets. The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors believe that the combination of FCX and PXP, together with the expected merger with MMR, will create a premier U.S.-based natural resource company with an industry leading global portfolio of mineral assets, significant oil and gas resources and a growing production profile.

 

   

Complementary Asset Characteristics. The acquired assets possess similar characteristics sought in the mining business—high quality assets with low costs, long lives, strong margins and cash flows, exploration potential and financially attractive expansion opportunities. The merger provides FCX with exposure to energy markets, which FCX believes have positive fundamentals and complementary market exposure to FCX’s mining business.

 

   

Enhanced Opportunities to Benefit from Long-Term Growth. The combined company following the merger is expected to provide an attractive portfolio of cash producing assets with existing infrastructure, lease holdings and exploration prospects to drive future growth. The transaction provides financially attractive opportunities to augment growth for FCX, at a time when attractive growth opportunities are limited in the mining business. The combination provides opportunities for the combined company to achieve superior returns through the allocation of capital investments to the highest-potential assets across a broader portfolio of opportunities at any given time.

 

   

Enhanced Geographic Diversity. The oil and gas assets being acquired are in high quality, onshore and offshore U.S. geologic basins, provide opportunities to expand resource investments in the U.S., and are expected to significantly increase the percentage of the combined company’s earnings generated by U.S. operations as compared to FCX on a standalone basis.

 

   

Increased Scale. The increased scale of the combined company should permit it to compete more effectively and facilitate future development projects, exploration and acquisitions through increased cash flow and lower cost of capital investment.

 

   

Benefits of Combined Expertise. The merger would combine complementary management teams with substantial experience and a record of success in mining and oil and gas operations. The combined human resources of the combined company will include global industry leading capabilities in operational excellence, major project development, technological innovation, exploration, engineering and prudent environmental management. FCX expects to retain PXP’s experienced leadership and technical personnel, who will expand FCX’s organizational capabilities.

 

   

Terms of the Merger Agreement. The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors reviewed the terms of the merger agreement, including the representations, obligations and rights of the parties under the merger agreement, the conditions to each party’s obligation to complete the merger, the circumstances in which each party is permitted to terminate the merger agreement and the related termination fee payable by PXP in the event of termination of the merger agreement under specified circumstances.

 

   

Special Committee Process. The FCX board of directors recognized that the negotiation of the merger agreement and merger had been directed, overseen, evaluated and recommended by the FCX special committee, and that no member of the FCX special committee served on the board of directors or as a member of management of PXP or MMR.

 

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Review and Evaluation. The FCX special committee, with the assistance of its legal and financial advisors and its oil and gas consultants and certain member of FCX’s management, reviewed and evaluated the business, operations, financial condition, earnings and prospects of PXP.

 

   

Committed Financing. The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors considered their expectation, supported by the financing commitment letters, that FCX would be able to obtain the financing necessary to pay the cash portion of the merger consideration payable under the merger agreement and to finance the other transactions contemplated in connection with the merger, in each case on favorable terms.

The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors also considered the potential risks of the merger and certain other countervailing factors, including the following:

 

   

Share Price. That the implied value of the merger consideration represented a 38.7% premium over the closing price of PXP common stock on December 4, 2012, the last trading day before the merger agreement was signed.

 

   

Failure to Close. The risks and contingencies relating to the announcement and pendency of the merger and the risks and costs to FCX if the closing of the merger is not completed timely, or if the merger does not close at all, including the potential impact on FCX’s relationships with employees and third parties.

 

   

Certain Antitrust-Related Risks. If the merger is completed and the merger with MMR is not completed, that the composition of the boards of directors of FCX and MMR may need to be adjusted in order to comply with the Clayton Antitrust Act.

 

   

Incurrence of Indebtedness. That FCX will incur significant indebtedness to finance the merger and, if it is also completed, the potential merger with MMR.

 

   

Shareholder Reaction. The fact that some FCX stockholders would likely react negatively to the merger and, if it is also completed, the potential merger with MMR.

 

   

Diversion of Focus. The risk of diverting management focus, employee attention and resources from other strategic opportunities and from operational matters while working to complete the merger.

 

   

Transaction Costs. The fact that substantial transaction costs will be incurred in connection with the merger and, if it is also completed, the potential merger with MMR.

 

   

Litigation. The fact that litigation could occur in connection with the merger and the potential merger with MMR and that such litigation could increase costs and result in a diversion of management focus.

 

   

Personnel. The fact that business uncertainty pending completion of the merger could have an adverse impact on the ability of FCX to attract, retain and motivate key personnel.

The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors believe that, overall, the potential benefits of the merger to FCX and FCX’s stockholders outweigh the risks considered by the FCX special committee and FCX board of directors. The FCX special committee and FCX board of directors understood that there can be no assurance of future results, including results considered or expected as described in the factors listed above. It should be noted that this discussion of the reasoning of the FCX special committee and FCX board of directors and all other information presented in this section are forward-looking in nature and, therefore, should be read in light of the factors discussed under the heading “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.” Additionally, see “—Certain Unaudited Financial Forecasts Prepared by the Management of PXP” and “—Certain Unaudited Financial Information Prepared by the Management of FCX,” respectively for information regarding the preparation of prospective financial information.

 

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PXP’s Reasons for the Merger; Recommendation of the PXP Board of Directors

The PXP board of directors believes that the merger agreement and the merger are in the best interests of PXP’s stockholders. Accordingly, the PXP board of directors has unanimously approved the entry into the merger agreement, and recommends that PXP stockholders vote “FOR” the adoption of the merger agreement.

As described above under “—Background of the Merger”, the PXP board of directors, prior to and in reaching its decision at its meeting on December 5, 2012, to approve the entry into the merger agreement, consulted on numerous occasions with PXP’s senior executive officers and financial and legal advisors, and considered a variety of factors weighing positively in favor of the transaction, including the following:

 

   

The merger consideration (on an aggregate basis) of $25.00 in cash plus 0.6531 of a share of FCX common stock per share of PXP common stock (with a combined value equal to $50 per share based upon the closing sale price of FCX common stock on December 4, 2012, the last trading day before the date of the board meeting), represented a premium of:

 

   

approximately 38.7% over the closing price of PXP common stock on December 4, 2012, the last trading day prior to the entry into the merger agreement;

 

   

approximately 41.2% and 36.8% over the average closing price of PXP common stock for the 30-day and 60-day periods, respectively, ending with December 4, 2012; and

 

   

approximately 7.5% and 59.5% above the highest and lowest closing sale price of PXP common stock for the 52-week period ended December 4, 2012, respectively.

 

   

The potential stockholder value that might result from other alternatives available to PXP, including the alternative of remaining as an independent public company, considering, in particular, the potential for PXP stockholders to share in any future growth of the company and continued costs, risks and uncertainties associated with continuing to operate as a public company.

 

   

The PXP board’s familiarity with, and understanding of, PXP’s business, assets, financial condition, results of operations, current business strategy and prospects.

 

   

The reports of management and PXP’s advisors regarding their due diligence review of FCX’s and MMR’s businesses, assets, financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and prospects and the expectation that the merger would be accretive to stockholders of the combined company.

 

   

The substantial base of resources and reserves owned by FCX, including the size and low cost position of FCX’s Grasberg mine, the world’s largest copper and gold mine in terms of reserves.

 

   

The strategic nature of the transaction, including the fact that the combination of the PXP, FCX and MMR businesses is expected to (1) create the largest diversified U.S.-based natural resource company with an enterprise value in the top five among global mining peers, (2) increase geographic diversification of the combined company within the U.S. and (3) increase commodity diversification for the combined company.

 

   

The scale of the combined company, which should permit it to compete more effectively than either PXP, FCX or MMR alone could operate and facilitate through increased cash flow and lower cost of capital investment in future development projects, exploration and acquisitions.

 

   

The expected lower cost of borrowing given the investment grade rating currently carried and expected to be maintained by FCX after completion of the merger used to fund the cash portion of the merger consideration and future projects.

 

   

The ability to retain its natural gas assets in the Haynesville shale and Madden fields to be able to participate in the future potential of these fields.

 

   

The opinion of Barclays described in the section entitled “—Opinion of PXP’s Financial Advisor”, dated December 5, 2012, to the effect that, as of that date, and based upon and subject to the

 

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qualifications, limitations and assumptions set forth in its opinion, from a financial point of view, the merger consideration to be offered to holders of PXP common stock pursuant to the merger agreement was fair to such holders.

 

   

That integration of PXP and FCX would be enhanced by the key members of PXP management that would remain with the combined company.

 

   

Three members of the PXP board of directors will be appointed to the FCX board of directors upon the consummation of the merger, which is expected to provide a degree of continuity and involvement by PXP directors in the combined company following the transaction.

 

   

That because PXP stockholders have the right to elect merger consideration in the form of FCX common stock (subject to proration), PXP stockholders would have the opportunity to participate in the equity value of the combined company following the merger. In that regard, the PXP board understood that the volatility of prices for copper, gold and other minerals and oil and natural gas and general stock market conditions could cause the value of the consideration received in the merger to fluctuate, perhaps significantly, following the closing of the merger, but was of the view that on a long-term basis it would be desirable for stockholders to have an opportunity to retain a continuing investment in the combined company following the merger.

 

   

The PXP board’s expectation, supported by the financing commitment letters, that FCX would be able to obtain the financing necessary to pay the cash portion of the merger consideration payable under the merger agreement and to finance the other transactions contemplated in connection with the merger.

 

   

The terms and conditions of the merger agreement, including:

 

   

The blend of stock and cash consideration contemplated by the merger agreement and the ability of PXP stockholders to elect cash and/or stock consideration, subject to the proration provisions of the merger agreement based on the stockholders’ elections.

 

   

The board’s expectation that the stock portion of the merger consideration will be received tax free by PXP’s stockholders (see “Material United States Federal Income Tax Considerations of the Merger”).

 

   

The limited nature of the closing conditions included in the merger agreement and the market, industry related and other exceptions to the events that would constitute a material adverse effect on PXP for purposes of the agreement, as well as the likelihood of satisfaction of all conditions to the consummation of the merger.

 

   

The obligation of FCX to use its reasonable best efforts to take all actions necessary to consummate the financing provided for in the financing commitment letter and, if such financing is unavailable, to use its reasonable best efforts to arrange to obtain alternate financing on terms and conditions not materially less favorable (taken as a whole) to FCX.

 

   

PXP’s right to engage in negotiations with, and provide information to, a third party that makes an unsolicited acquisition proposal, if the board of directors determines in good faith, after consultation with its legal and financial advisors, that such proposal constitutes or is reasonably likely to lead to a transaction that is more favorable to PXP’s stockholders than the merger.

 

   

The board’s right to change its recommendation to vote in favor of the merger if (1) it has received a superior proposal or (2) upon the occurrence of certain intervening events if, in either case, it determines in good faith (after consultation with outside counsel) that the failure to take such action would reasonably be likely to be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law, in each case subject to certain conditions and, if FCX elected to terminate the merger agreement as a result of such change in recommendation, reimbursement of FCX expenses up to $69 million or payment of a $207 million termination fee to FCX (less any amounts paid in respect of FCX expenses).

 

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That (1) the termination fee of $207 million (less FCX expenses reimbursed by PXP), representing approximately 3% of the aggregate merger consideration based upon the closing sale price of FCX common stock on December 4, 2012, the last trading date before the date of the board meeting, and (2) the agreement to reimburse FCX for up to $69 million of expenses incurred by FCX in connection with the merger, in each case payable by PXP to FCX under specified circumstances were, in the board’s judgment in consultation with PXP’s counsel and financial advisors, reasonable.

 

   

The completion of the merger is not conditioned on FCX’s obtaining financing.

 

   

The requirement that PXP stockholder approval be obtained as a condition to consummation of the merger.

The PXP board of directors also considered the potential adverse impact of other factors weighing negatively against the proposed merger, including the following:

 

   

That because the merger consideration is a fixed dollar amount and a fixed exchange ratio of FCX common stock, PXP stockholders could be adversely affected by a decrease in the trading price of FCX common stock during the pendency of the transactions and the fact that the merger agreement does not provide PXP with a price-based termination right or other similar protection.

 

   

That because of the proration procedures set forth in the merger agreement, PXP stockholders who make the cash election or the stock election will not always receive the form of merger consideration that they elect to receive.

 

   

That, while the merger is expected to be completed, there is no assurance that all conditions to the parties’ obligations to complete the merger will be satisfied or waived, and as a result, it is possible that the merger might not be completed even if approved by PXP’s stockholders.

 

   

The importance to FCX’s business of its ability to continue to operate the Grasberg mine and the risks posed by the Grasberg mine’s location in Papua, Indonesia, including political volatility and periodic occurrences of social unrest, which could have an adverse impact on the combined company.

 

   

The fact that FCX and its predecessors have participated in the mining and other businesses for many years and are subject to environmental regulation and clean-up activities, the extent of which could be larger and more costly than anticipated.

 

   

That it is possible that FCX may not be able to obtain all necessary financing to consummate the merger.

 

   

That the merger agreement contains restrictions on the conduct of PXP’s business prior to completion of the proposed merger, including requiring PXP to conduct its business only in the ordinary course, subject to specific limitations, which could delay or prevent PXP from undertaking business opportunities that may arise pending completion of the merger.

 

   

That exchange of shares of PXP common stock for cash pursuant to the merger will be a taxable transaction for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

   

That the merger agreement imposes limitations on PXP’s ability to solicit alternative transactions prior to closing and does not permit PXP to terminate the merger agreement to accept a superior proposal.

 

   

That, if the merger agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, PXP would be required to reimburse FCX for its expenses up to $69 million or pay a $207 million termination fee to FCX (less any amounts paid in respect of expenses).

 

   

Risks of the type and nature described under “Risk Factors.”

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positive and negative, considered by the PXP board of directors, the board of directors did not consider it practical to, nor did it attempt to, quantify, rank or otherwise seek to assign relative weights to the specific factors that it considered in reaching its determination that the merger agreement and the merger are in the best interests of PXP stockholders. Rather, the PXP board of directors viewed its determinations as being based upon the judgment of its members, in light of the totality of information presented and considered, including the knowledge of such directors of PXP’s business, financial condition and prospects and the advice of financial and legal advisors. In considering the factors described above, individual members of the PXP board of directors may have given different weight to different factors and may have applied different analyses to each of the material factors considered.

At a meeting held on December 5, 2012, after due consideration with PXP’s management and advisors, the PXP board of directors determined, by unanimous vote, that the merger agreement and the merger are fair to and in the best interests of PXP’s stockholders. The PXP board of directors recommends that PXP stockholders vote:

 

   

FOR” the proposal to adopt the merger agreement; and

 

   

FOR” any adjournment of the special meeting, if necessary, to solicit additional proxies in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement.

Opinion of PXP’s Financial Advisor

PXP engaged Barclays to act as PXP’s financial advisor with respect to the transactions. On December 5, 2012, Barclays rendered its oral opinion (which was subsequently confirmed in writing) to PXP’s board of directors that, as of such date and based upon and subject to the qualifications, limitations and assumptions stated in its opinion, from a financial point of view, the merger consideration to be offered to the stockholders of PXP in the merger is fair to such stockholders.

The full text of Barclays’ written opinion, dated as of December 5, 2012, is attached hereto as Annex B. Barclays’ written opinion sets forth, among other things, the assumptions made, procedures followed, factors considered and limitations upon the review undertaken by Barclays in rendering its opinion. Holders of PXP common stock are encouraged to read the opinion carefully in its entirety. The following is a summary of Barclays’ opinion and the methodology that Barclays used to render its opinion. This summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the opinion.

Barclays’ opinion, the issuance of which was approved by Barclays’ Valuation and Fairness Opinion Committee, is addressed to PXP’s board of directors, addresses only the fairness, from a financial point of view, of the merger consideration to be offered to the stockholders of PXP and does not constitute a recommendation to any stockholder of PXP as to what form of consideration such stockholder should elect or how such stockholder should vote or act with respect to any other matter relating to the proposed transaction or any other matter. The terms of the proposed transaction were determined through arm’s-length negotiations between PXP and FCX and were approved unanimously by PXP’s board of directors. Barclays did not recommend any specific form of consideration to PXP or that any specific form of consideration constituted the only appropriate consideration for the proposed transaction. Barclays was not requested to address, and its opinion does not in any manner address, PXP’s underlying business decision to proceed with or effect the proposed transaction or the likelihood of consummation of the proposed transaction. The opinion does not address the relative merits of the proposed transaction as compared to any other transaction or business strategy in which PXP might engage or the Voting and Support Agreement among PXP, FCX and MMR (the “voting and support agreement”) or the MMR merger agreement or the transactions contemplated thereby. In addition, Barclays expressed no opinion on, and its opinion does not in any manner address, the fairness of the amount or the nature of any compensation to any officers, directors or employees of any parties to the proposed transaction, or any class of such persons, relative to the consideration to be offered to the stockholders of PXP in the proposed transaction. No limitations were imposed by PXP’s board of directors upon Barclays with respect to the investigations made or procedures followed by it in rendering its opinion.

 

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In arriving at its opinion, Barclays, reviewed and analyzed, among other things:

 

   

the merger agreement and the specific terms of the proposed transaction;

 

   

publicly available information concerning PXP, FCX and MMR that Barclays believed to be relevant to its analysis, including each of PXP’s, FCX’s and MMR’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012;

 

   

financial and operating information with respect to the business, operations and prospects of PXP furnished to Barclays by PXP, including financial projections prepared by PXP’s management (the “PXP Projections”);