Termination of Agreement to Sell Williston Basin Assets
DENVER, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP) (QEP or the Company) today announced that its Board of Directors has commenced a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, which could result in a merger or sale of the Company or other transaction involving the Company or its assets. QEP intends to engage in discussions with a variety of parties that have expressed interest in a potential transaction, including Elliott Management Corporation.
QEP cautions that there can be no assurance that any transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not intend to disclose developments relating to its strategic review unless and until the Board of Directors has approved a specific agreement or transaction or has terminated its review of strategic alternatives.
The Company also announced that, given the deterioration in commodity prices and that it was unlikely that the conditions to closing would be satisfied, the Company has agreed with Vantage Acquisition Operating Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vantage Energy Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: VEAC) (Vantage) to terminate the definitive agreement to sell its assets in the Williston Basin to Vantage. QEP will continue to operate and develop its assets in the Williston Basin, including the Company’s South Antelope and Fort Berthold leaseholds.
Additionally, in light of the reduction of the Company’s operational footprint over the last 12 months, QEP has reassessed its organizational needs and intends to significantly reduce its general and administrative expense by approximately 45%, when comparing 2018 to 2020, to ensure its cost structure is competitive with industry peers. The Company expects the majority of these reductions will be implemented during the first half of 2019.
Evercore and BMO Capital Markets are acting as financial advisors to QEP and Latham & Watkins LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz are serving as legal advisors.
About QEP Resources
QEP Resources, Inc. (NYSE: QEP) is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company focused in two regions of the United States: the Southern Region (primarily in Texas) and the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota). For more information, visit QEP’s website at: www.qepres.com.