WPX Energy Completes $200 Million Asset Sale
TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX) has completed its third divestiture of the year,
closing the sale of a package of Marcellus Shale marketing contracts and
the release of certain related firm transportation capacity to an
WPX received in excess of $200 million cash for various long-term
natural gas purchase and sales agreements and was released from
approximately $390 million in future demand payment obligations
associated with 135 million Btu per day of firm transportation capacity
on Transco’s Northeast Supply Link project.
WPX has been active on the acquisitions and divestiture front, reaching
more than $1.5 billion in transactions over the past 12 months that
increased the company’s financial flexibility.
During first-quarter 2015, WPX used proceeds from sales to repay prior
borrowings on its $1.5 billion senior unsecured credit facility and
reduce its long-term debt by 12 percent.
“We’re very pleased with the rapid closing of this previously announced
, president and chief executive officer.
“Once again, our team continues to deliver value for our shareholders.”
WPX intends to exit the Marcellus Shale as it focuses its portfolio on
oil and gas properties in the western United States.
WPX’s only remaining assets in the Marcellus Shale primarily consist of
its physical operations in Westmoreland County in southwestern
Pennsylvania. These assets remain targeted for divestiture.
Earlier this year, WPX also monetized additional Marcellus Shale
holdings in Northeast Pennsylvania and completed the exit of its
international interests in Argentina and Colombia.
About WPX Energy, Inc.
WPX Energy develops and operates oil and gas producing properties
in North Dakota, New Mexico and Colorado. The company has a long history
of innovation and stakeholder engagement, recognized through more than
40 local, state, federal and industry awards.
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at WPX Energy, Attn: Investor Relations, P.O. Box 21810, Tulsa,
Okla., 74102, or from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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Source: WPX Energy Inc