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For sale? Talisman’s long answer to a short question Add to ...

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It’s an old CEO chestnut: assert that the company is not for sale, then add that anything can be acquired if the price is right.

Much less common is the boss who says there is no sales process under way, and then explains in fine detail why no one is stepping up with an offer.

Such is the way of Hal Kvisle, who has fielded questions about potential bids for Talisman Energy Inc. since jumping in as chief executive in 2012 to untangle a web of exploration and production assets spanning the globe.

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