(Corrects name of acquired company)
LONDON, July 30 British utility Centrica said on Tuesday that it agreed to acquire a U.S. gas provider to businesses as part of a $731 million deal to expand its presence in North America.
Centrica said its North American subsidiary Direct Energy Business agreed to buy the New Jersey-based Energy Marketing business of Hess Corporation for $731 million in cash plus net working capital of around $300 million.
"This transaction will transform our business-to-business operations in North America, giving us leading positions in business gas and power supply and creating a unique dual fuel business in the US," Centrica's chief executive Sam Laidlaw said in a statement. (Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Paul Sandle)