Hess Corp. announces $400-million sale of Utica shale acreage

7/2/2018

NEW YORK -- Hess Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its joint venture interests in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio to Ascent Resources – Utica, LLC for net cash consideration of approximately $400 million, effective April 1.

“We continue to focus our portfolio by divesting lower return, non-core assets as part of our strategy to deliver long term value to shareholders,” CEO John Hess said. “Proceeds from this transaction will be used to invest in our higher return growth opportunities in Guyana and the Bakken and to fund the company’s previously announced share repurchase program.”

The divestiture consists of approximately 39,000 net acres, including 26,000 net undeveloped acres. For full year 2018, net production is forecast to average 14,000 boed, of which approximately 70% is expected to be residue gas. Hess holds a 50% working interest as part of a joint venture with CNX Resources.

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and adjustments and is expected to close by the end of third-quarter 2018.

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