Chesapeake sells last remaining Eagle Ford assets in $1.4 billion deal

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Chesapeake Energy is getting totally out of the Eagle Ford play of South Texas, selling its last remaining asset in the play to INEOS Energy in a $1.4 billion deal.

“Today marks another important step on our path to exiting the Eagle Ford as we focus our capital on the premium rock, returns and runway of our Marcellus and Haynesville positions,” said Chesapeake President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Dell’Osso.

“We are pleased to have secured an aggregate of $2.825 billion to date and remain actively engaged with other parties regarding the rest of our Eagle Ford position.”

Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 172,000 net acres and approximately 2,300 wells in the black oil portion of its Eagle Ford asset primarily in Dimmit, LaSalle and McMullen counties, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 36,000 barrels of oil equivalent (81% liquid) during the fourth quarter of 2022. As of December 31, 2022, net proved reserves associated with these properties were approximately 144 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe).

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Chesapeake expects the transaction will close in the second quarter of 2023, with an effective transaction date of October 1, 2022. The company will receive $1.175 billion upon closing, subject to customary adjustments, with the additional $225 million paid in annual installments of $56.25 million. Chesapeake anticipates the proceeds will be applied to repay borrowings under its revolving credit facility and be available for its share repurchase program.

RBC Capital Markets, Citi, and Evercore are serving as financial advisors, Haynes and Boone, LLP is serving as legal advisor, and DrivePath Advisors is serving as communications advisor to Chesapeake.

Source: Press Release