Rex Energy Sells Itself to PennEnergy Resources for $600M

Rex Energy, one of our favorite small drillers, has finally found a buyer for its Marcellus/Utica assets. And it’s a good home. After scheduling and rescheduling a bankruptcy auction four times in a single week, Rex canceled the auction and said it has cut a deal with PennEnergy Resources to buy the company–for $600.5 million. You may recall that Rex, heading into bankruptcy in May, owed nearly $1 billion to several creditors (see Rex Energy Owes Nearly $1B – Who They Owe & How Much). If the deal is for $600.5 million, somebody’s not going to get paid everything they’re owed. But then, that’s the nature of bankruptcy court–to decide who gets what and how much. The deal Rex/PennEnergy is subject to approval by the bankruptcy court, but we expect it will get approved. Part of the deal calls for PennEnergy to pay $1 million to Rex landowners who had sued the company claiming Rex didn’t pay them royalties. We think PennEnergy will be a good home for the Rex assets. PennEnergy launched in 2011, founded by two former Atlas Energy executives–Rich Weber and Greg Muse. The company is backed by EnCap Investments and now has 70 employees. No word on how many of Rex’s employees will come along with the deal. Rex’s acreage sits close to PennEnergy’s, hence the interest. Below the details as we have them, including Rex’s SEC filing outlining the deal…

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