SM Energy Seeks Sale of Anadarko Assets

Denver-based SM Energy Co. announced Wednesday it will seek to market all of its Anadarko Basin properties, including its interest in the Granite Wash.

The company has hired an advisor to market assets that include approximately 56,000 net mineral acres and production of just over 9,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, including 75 percent natural gas. The production from these assets represents approximately 8 percent of the company’s total production in first quarter 2013.

“SM Energy regularly reviews its asset portfolio to identify opportunities to high grade and concentrate its inventory through divestitures such as this planned sale, the proceeds of which the company expects to fund strategic projects in its portfolio,” the company said in a press release.

The marketing process is expected to take approximately six months.

The assets for sale are believed to include at least 34,000 Granite Wash acres, according to a July 10 analyst note from GHS Research. GHS views the sale as the company’s first step in its asset sales efforts that management planned as a focus in the second half of 2013.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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