Barclays to Buy $1.15B of Barnett Assets

Chesapeake has monetized certain of its producing assets in the Barnett Shale. The company has sold a five-year volumetric production payment (VPP) to an affiliate of Barclays Bank for proceeds of $1.15 billion. The transaction, which closed on September 30, 2010, includes approximately 390 billion cubic feet of proved reserves and approximately 280 million cubic feet per day of net production in 2011. Chesapeake has retained drilling rights on the properties below currently producing intervals and outside of existing producing wellbores.

Since December 2007, Chesapeake has completed eight VPP transactions and monetized approximately 1.0 trillion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent of proved reserves for combined proceeds of approximately $4.7 billion, or approximately $4.70 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas equivalent.

Jefferies & Company, Inc. acted as financial advisor to Chesapeake on the VPP transaction.

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