Kerr-McGee and Westport Announce $3.4 Billion Stock Merger

(Dallas, Texas) – Kerr-McGee Corp. (NYSE: KMG) and Westport Resources Corp. (NYSE: WRC) today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a strategic merger valued at approximately $3.4 billion. The merged company will be known as Kerr-McGee Corporation and will be headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Under the terms of the agreement, shareholders of Westport will receive 0.71 of a share of Kerr-McGee common stock for each common share of Westport. As a result, Kerr-McGee expects to issue approximately 49.4 million new shares to Westport’s stockholders. The transaction, valued at $3.4 billion, is expected to close during the third quarter of 2004.

Westport’s Vice President and General Counsel, Howard L. Boigon, was assisted in the transaction by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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