PostRock Energy Corp. sold KPC Pipeline LLC to privately-held MV Pipelines LLC for $53.5 million in cash. Of this amount, $500,000 will be placed in escrow pending cleanup of a former KPC site. PostRock may receive additional payments of $1 million a year in each of the next four years if KPC's EBITDA (as defined in the agreement) exceeds a target amount. The sale is subject to a working capital adjustment. After approximately $2 million in estimated transaction costs, the company will record a loss on the sale of approximately $6 million.
Net proceeds from the sale will be used to repay borrowings under the company's credit facility. The company's borrowing base has been reduced to $120 million. PostRock's next borrowing base redetermination will be based on its reserves at June 30, 2012 and become effective October 31st. After applying the sales proceeds, PostRock's debt totaled $104.3 million.
Commenting, Terry W. Carter, PostRock's President and CEO, said, "After reviewing strategic alternatives, we concluded that a sale offered the greatest value to our shareholders. Although the sale will result in a loss in the third quarter, we believe the price is attractive to the company. The sale of KPC comes at a time when PostRock is seeking to become a pure-play oil and gas production and development company. In addition, the transaction will reduce our cost structure and improve our balance sheet. "
KPC is a 1,120 mile interstate pipeline, which transports natural gas from northern Oklahoma and western Kansas to Wichita and Kansas City.
PostRock Energy Corp. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production and transportation of oil and natural gas, primarily in the Cherokee Basin of Kansas and Oklahoma. The company owns and operates over 3,000 wells and nearly 2,200 miles of gas gathering lines in the Basin. It also owns and operates minor oil producing properties in central Oklahoma and oil and gas producing properties in the Appalachian Basin.
MV Pipelines, LLC is a privately owned company. Its owners also own MV Purchasing LLC. MV Purchasing LLC is a privately owned energy logistics company headquartered in Wichita, KS. MV Purchasing provides gathering, transportation, storage, distribution, marketing and other midstream services to independent oil and natural gas producers, refiners of petroleum products and other market participants located throughout the United States.