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WPX Completes Sale of Northeast Pennsylvania Assets


TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX) announced today that it completed the sale of its operations in northeast Pennsylvania, including the release of certain firm transportation capacity, to Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN).

WPX has received nearly $600 million in cash this year through completing two sales – this one involving Marcellus Shale operations and the exit of its international interests in Argentina and Colombia. WPX also is released from approximately $25 million per year in annual transport obligations.

“We have a long-term strategy to build returns, margins and cash flow,” said Rick Muncrief, WPX president and chief executive officer.

“In the near-term, there’s obviously going to be a lot of effort aimed at driving down controllable costs. We’re evaluating everything as we position the company for a rebound in commodity prices,” Muncrief added.

The sale to Southwestern Energy Company includes physical operations covering approximately 46,700 net acres in the Marcellus Shale, roughly 50 million cubic feet per day of net natural gas production and 63 operated horizontal wells. The assets are primarily located in Susquehanna County, Pa.

WPX’s remaining operations in the Marcellus Shale primarily consist of its physical operations in Westmoreland County in southwestern Pennsylvania and additional firm transport capacity under Transco’s Northeast Supply Link project. These assets also are targeted for divestiture.

Since May of last year, WPX entered into six significant agreements to narrow the company’s business focus, increase scalability of core assets, bring value forward and further strengthen its balance sheet.

WPX has closed five of the six transactions. The sole agreement outstanding involves the sale of its Powder River Basin operations. If the agreement does not successfully close in February, either party will have the option to terminate the transaction.


WPX plans to discuss its fourth quarter and year-end 2014 financial and operations results during a webcast on Thursday morning, Feb. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Participants are encouraged to access the event and the corresponding slides at A replay of the webcast will be available on WPX’s website for one year following the event.

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.

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the company. Statements regarding future drilling and production are subject to all of the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the exploration for and development and production of oil and gas. These risks include, but are not limited to, the volatility of oil, natural gas and NGL prices; uncertainties inherent in estimating oil, natural gas and NGL reserves; drilling risks; environmental risks; and political or regulatory changes. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by WPX Energy on its website or otherwise. WPX Energy does not undertake and expressly disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are urged to consider carefully the disclosure in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available from us at WPX Energy, Attn: Investor Relations, P.O. Box 21810, Tulsa, Okla., 74102, or from the SEC’s website at

Additionally, the SEC requires oil and gas companies, in filings made with the SEC, to disclose proved reserves, which are those quantities of oil and gas, which, by analysis of geoscience and engineering data, can be estimated with reasonable certainty to be economically producible – from a given date forward, from known reservoirs, under existing economic conditions, operating methods, and governmental regulations. The SEC permits the optional disclosure of probable and possible reserves. From time to time, we elect to use “probable” reserves and “possible” reserves, excluding their valuation. The SEC defines “probable” reserves as “those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than proved reserves but which, together with proved reserves, are as likely as not to be recovered.” The SEC defines“possible” reserves as “those additional reserves that are less certain to be recovered than probable reserves.” The Company has applied these definitions in estimating probable and possible reserves. Statements of reserves are only estimates and may not correspond to the ultimate quantities of oil and gas recovered. Any reserve estimates provided in this presentation that are not specifically designated as being estimates of proved reserves may include estimated reserves not necessarily calculated in accordance with, or contemplated by, the SEC’s reserves reporting guidelines. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our SEC filings that may be accessed through the SEC’s website at

The SEC’s rules prohibit us from filing resource estimates. Our resource estimations include estimates of hydrocarbon quantities for (i) new areas for which we do not have sufficient information to date to classify as proved, probable or even possible reserves, (ii) other areas to take into account the low level of certainty of recovery of the resources and (iii) uneconomic proved, probable or possible reserves. Resource estimates do not take into account the certainty of resource recovery and are therefore not indicative of the expected future recovery and should not be relied upon. Resource estimates might never be recovered and are contingent on exploration success, technical improvements in drilling access, commerciality and other factors.

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WPX Energy, Inc.

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