| HOUSTON, July 30
HOUSTON, July 30 Anadarko Petroleum Corp
is studying ways the company could wring more value from the
mineral interests it holds on more than 8 million acres (3
million hectares) in the Western United States, its chief
financial officer told investors on Wednesday.
In data released on Tuesday, Anadarko said it had $385
million in royalty revenue from acreage that produces oil and
gas, coal and soda ash, a figure that could grow to $770 million
for the year.
"We're spending a lot of time right now looking at those
different cash flow streams, understanding different ways we
might accelerate value associated with them, and that's
something that we want to take our time in doing," Bob Gwin,
Anadarko's CFO told investors on the company's earnings call.
Gwin said the company was looking at a number of ways to
accelerate the value of its minerals rights. The company already
benefits by leasing mineral acreage to others to drill, he
Another oil and gas producer, Apache Corp, has told
Reuters it may look at options to unlock the value of its
Two successful deals have stirred interest among investors
in mineral rights. Viper Energy Partners LP and
Canada's Prairie Sky Royalty Ltd this year have bundled
the royalties generated by their mineral rights into
subsidiaries and then listed them in public offerings.
"Ultimately, whether Anadarko eventually chooses to monetize
these assets or not, identification of the revenue stream and
attractive growth profile should highlight the attractive value
of this enviable position," analysts at energy-focused
investment bank Simmons & Co said in a note to clients.
After the close of trading on Tuesday, Anadarko reported a
profit that topped Wall Street estimates on higher than expected
output of oil and natural gas.
The company's shares were down 22 cents at $109.01 in midday
New York Stock Exchange trading.
(Reporting by Anna Driver; Editing by Terry Wade and Marguerita