Range Resources Buys Louisiana Driller in Deal Worth $4.4B

Range-MRD combo
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Range Resources, the very first driller in the Marcellus Shale (in 2004) and one of the largest Marcellus drillers, has decided to take advantage of the down market and branch out into another shale play. Yesterday Range announced a deal to buy Memorial Resource Development Corp. (MRD) in a stock swap/debt assumption deal worth $4.4 billion. MRD holds 220,000 acres of leases and drills in the Terryville Field in northern Louisiana. Essentially Range has purchased themselves a Gulf Coast operation which sets them up nicely to export natural gas to Mexico. That’s at least part of the attraction. Perhaps another part of the attraction is that gas from Terryville Field, part of the Cotton Valley Tight Gas formation, is cheaper to drill and in many cases just as productive as shale wells in the Marcellus. At least according to an MRD investor’s presentation (see below). Below is the Range announcement and other associated details to help understand that announcement…

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