Fire Sale: Rex Energy Selling Everything to Pay Back Lenders

Some even sadder news to share about Rex Energy. On Friday we told you that Rex had filed for Chapter 11 “voluntary” bankruptcy protection (see Clock Runs Out – Rex Energy Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy). After our story, Rex released a press release to announce not only are they seeking Chapter 11 protection, they are, as of now, putting all of their Marcellus/Utica assets (wells, leases, etc.) up for sale–in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. The stated reason is to “maximize their long-term value and prospects.” To find good homes for those assets with another driller, because Rex obviously doesn’t think after exiting bankruptcy the company will be doing much in the way of drilling. And they need the cash from those asset sales to pay back lenders. In the end, our “little engine that could,” could not. Notice that Rex filed for Chapter 11 (reorganization), not Chapter 7 (liquidation). The company says “drilling and production programs are operating as usual, and the Company is maintaining the necessary staffing and resources to meet its commitments to gathering and processing partners.” So, limited business as usual–until everything is sold–and then there won’t be any business. Looks to us like it’s still a liquidation–except on Rex’s terms, instead of a forced auction of assets…

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