UPDATE 1-Laredo Petroleum exits Anadarko Basin with $438 mln sale

Tue May 21, 2013 10:52am EDT

* Expects to use proceeds to develop Permian assets

* Shares rise 9 pct

May 21 (Reuters) - Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc said it would sell its assets in the Anadarko Basin in Western Oklahoma and Texas to affiliates of EnerVest Ltd for $438 million to raise capital for its drilling activities in the Permian Basin.

Laredo shares rose 9 percent in early morning trade.

EnerVest, which manages oil and gas properties on behalf of institutional investors, will acquire about 104,000 net acres of leasehold held by Laredo.

Laredo produced about 4.9 billion cubic feet of liquids-rich natural gas and about 49,600 barrels of crude oil and condensate from the Anadarko Basin in the first quarter.

The deal works out to $7,780 per thousand cubic feet equivalent of daily production, analysts at Global Hunter Securities wrote in a note to clients.

"Best read-through is for Chesapeake Energy, whose Anadarko Basin assets are commonly overlooked," they wrote.

Analysts at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey said the deal would also be a positive for Penn Virginia Corp, which holds acreage close to Laredo's.

Laredo had raised more than expected from the asset sale, they wrote.

The company expects to add two horizontal rigs in its Garden City area of the Permian Basin in west Texas upon completion of the deal, most likely during the third quarter.

Laredo was advised by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP was the company's legal adviser.

The company's shares were up 4.5 percent at $20.05 on the New York Stock Exchange.

A couple walks along the rough surf during sunset at Oahu's North Shore, December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Find your dream retirement town

Florida? Hawaii? Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire.  Video | Full Article