Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE:CHK) has agreed to sell noncore producing assets in Southwestern Oklahoma, East Texas, and South Texas. The East Texas and South Texas assets have associated volumetric production payments (VPP #5 and #6, respectively) that will transfer to the buyer upon closing. Chesapeake expects to receive approximately $310 million in cash proceeds combined for these three asset sales.
Additionally, the company has reached an agreement to sell a noncore acreage package with minimal associated production in southwest Pennsylvania. Chesapeake has also entered into a purchase and sale agreement to divest a portion of its noncore acreage position in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Proceeds from these transactions are anticipated to be approximately $290 million.
Combined with the more than $925 million of asset sale proceeds received year to date as of May 7, the transactions listed above, if completed, would bring total value of sales and divestitures in 2014 to more than $4 billion.