DENVER, May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Bill Barrett Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: BBG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party to sell certain non-core assets located in the Uinta Basin for cash proceeds of approximately $30 million. The transaction is expected to close on or before June 30, 2016, and is subject to customary closing conditions. The assets produced approximately 1,000 Boe/d (63% oil) during the first quarter of 2016 and had estimated proved reserves of 2 million barrels of oil equivalent (87% proved developed) as of December 31, 2015. Based on the Company’s internal estimates, the expected 2016 operating cash flow from the divested properties will be less than $2 million based on current strip pricing.
Chief Executive Officer and President Scot Woodall commented, “The sale of another portion of our non-core Uinta Basin assets at attractive sale metrics further streamlines our operational portfolio and improves operating metrics. Given the current outlook for commodity prices and a focus on our core DJ Basin assets, we had no development activity planned for this year. The divestiture will minimally impact our 2016 production and cash flow, while improving our operating cost structure due to the higher-cost nature of the properties. The proceeds from this transaction will be used to strengthen our balance sheet by adding to our cash position.”
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC advised the Company with respect to the Uinta Basin divestiture process.
All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as expects, forecast, guidance, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements herein; however, these are not the exclusive means of identifying forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release relate to, among other things, the closing and anticipated effects of, and proceeds from, the planned asset sale.
These and other forward-looking statements in this press release are based on management’s judgment as of the date of this release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Please refer to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 filed with the SEC and other filings, including our Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are incorporated by reference herein, for further discussion of risk factors that may affect the forward-looking statements. The Company encourages you to consider the risks and uncertainties associated with projections and other forward-looking statements and to not place undue reliance on any such statements. In addition, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements based on future events or circumstances.
ABOUT BILL BARRETT CORPORATION
Bill Barrett Corporation (NYSE: BBG), headquartered in Denver, Colorado, develops oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. Additional information about the Company may be found on its website www.billbarrettcorp.com.