By Ernest Scheyder
Sept 12 Halcón Resources Corp said on
Thursday it would sell leases for oil and natural gas reserves
in northern Texas for $303 million.
The sales, expected to close in the fourth quarter, involve
three transactions with privately held companies. Halcón did not
disclose the buyers.
The land held about 21.2 million barrels of oil equivalent
as of last December, most of it crude oil and natural gas
liquids. The land currently produces about 4,500 barrels of oil
equivalent per day.
The acreage requires injection of water to increase pressure
and extract oil, making operations expensive.
"It's just not our ambition to manage that property," Halcón
Chief Executive Floyd Wilson said in an interview.
The sale was not a surprise, as Halcón had said for months
that it planned to sell off part of its portfolio it considered
nonstrategic to focus on growth projects.
BMO Capital Markets and Barclays advised
Halcón on the sale.
Shares of Houston-based Halcón fell 1.4 percent to $4.86 in
Thursday afternoon trading. The stock is down 30 percent so far