$805 million from previously announced Delaware Basin minerals divestiture
$224 million from sale of 4 million shares of Kinetik common stock
HOUSTON, March 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- APA Corporation (Nasdaq: APA) today announced the closing of two transactions, generating net proceeds of approximately $1 billion.
On March 7, subsidiaries of the company completed the sale of a Delaware Basin mineral package to an undisclosed buyer for approximately $805 million, subject to post-closing adjustments. The divested assets primarily comprise non-operated properties across west Texas and southeast New Mexico, with estimated production of approximately 7,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
In a second transaction, on March 11, a subsidiary of APA completed the sale of 4 million shares of Kinetik (NASDAQ: KNTK) Class A common stock for net proceeds of $224 million. The transaction follows the combination of Altus Midstream and BCP Raptor Holdco LP that formed Kinetik and was completed in late February. Within the next 24 months, Apache will invest a minimum of $100 million for new well drilling and completion activity at the Alpine High play in the Delaware Basin, where Kinetik has exclusive gas and NGL gathering and processing rights.
“Completion of these transactions reflects the ongoing streamlining of our portfolio. We remain committed to returning Free Cash Flow to shareholders and continuing to strengthen the balance sheet. As such, we plan to direct a portion of these sales proceeds toward debt reduction,” said John J. Christmann IV, CEO and president of APA Corporation.
Steve Riney, CFO and executive vice president, noted, “With first-quarter 2022 results, we will begin deconsolidating Altus Midstream contributions, thereby deleveraging APA’s balance sheet, simplifying our financial reporting, and enhancing comparability with pure upstream peers. As of March 31, 2022, among other items, APA’s balance sheet will no longer reflect the $657 million in Altus long-term debt and $712 million associated with Altus’ preferred equity previously consolidated at year-end 2021.”
APA Corporation owns consolidated subsidiaries that explore for and produce oil and natural gas in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom and that explore for oil and natural gas offshore Suriname. APA posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and press releases on its website, www.apacorp.com. Additional details regarding Suriname, ESG performance and other investor-related topics are posted at investor.apacorp.com.
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