DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SM Energy Company (“SM Energy”) (NYSE: SM) announced today that it has engaged Petrie Partners to explore a sale of certain leasehold assets in the Williston Basin. The assets to be sold include approximately 54,500 net acres, consisting of the Raven/Bear Den acreage and effectively all lease-holdings in the basin outside of the Company’s Divide County program.
President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Ottoson comments: “We have outlined a simple strategy to focus on our Tier 1 assets in the Permian Basin and operated Eagle Ford. As part of this strategy, we are continuing to core up our portfolio, such that we can concentrate investment dollars in the highest return programs and bring that value forward through accelerated activity. Raven/Bear Den is a terrific asset that provides attractive full-cycle returns, and we believe it will be of more value to a company that will actively pursue its near-term development.”
Separately, the Company has closed on previously announced divestitures of assets located in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming, with associated net production of approximately 3,300 Boe per day, for net proceeds after purchase price adjustments and fees of approximately $186.7 million.
The contact at Petrie Partners for the Williston Basin divestiture is Andy Rapp, at 303-953-6768.