Antero Takes Southwestern to Cleaners in Deal for 55K Marc. Acres

take to the cleanersAntero Resources announced yesterday that the company has just cut a deal with Southwestern Energy to purchase 55,000 net acres located in Wetzel, Tyler and Doddridge Counties in West Virginia for $450 million. Antero says the acreage is in the “core” of the Marcellus and some 75% of the acreage also includes Utica Shale rights. The acreage Southwestern is selling is acreage they themselves bought in 2014 from Chesapeake Energy. Chessy originally signed the acreage with landowners for $5 per acre (peanuts). Southwestern paid Chesapeake $12,000 per acre (see Southwestern Paid Chesapeake $12K/Acre for Land Signed @ $5/Acre). Antero picked up the acreage for $8181 per acre–about $4K/acre (one-third) less than what Southwestern paid for it. Oops. No wonder Antero is crowing about the deal! Here’s the lowdown, with announcements from both Antero and Southwestern…

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