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Mergers, Acquisitions, Capital Expectations and Outlook, and Declared Dividends - Analyst Notes on EPL, Anadarko, Cimarex, Apache, and Southwestern Energy

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NEW YORK, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Analysts Review released its analysts' notes regarding EPL Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: EPL), Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC), Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE: XEC), Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA), and Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN). Private wealth members receive these notes ahead of publication. To reserve complementary membership, limited openings are available at:


EPL  Oil  &  Gas,  Inc.  Analyst  Notes

On March 12, 2014, EPL Oil & Gas, Inc. (EPL) announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Energy XXI, under which Energy XXI will acquire all of EPL's outstanding shares for total consideration of $2.3 billion, including the assumption of debt. As a result of the merger, the Companies expect Energy XXI to become the largest public independent producer on the Gulf of Mexico shelf. Upon completion of the merger, Energy XXI expects to have an enterprise value of approximately $6.0 billion. "This merger of the two premier independent oil producers on the shelf will create an unrivalled operator," said Gary C. Hanna, Chairman, President and CEO of EPL. "As part of a larger organization, EPL shareholders will benefit from synergies across the board, a high-grading of the drilling portfolio and opportunities to expand across the Gulf of Mexico." The full analyst notes on EPL Oil & Gas, Inc. are available to download free of charge at:


Anadarko  Petroleum  Corporation  Analyst  Notes

On March 4, 2014, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) announced its 2014 capital expectations and guidance. "Our 2014 capital program is again a prudent and disciplined approach that is within anticipated cash flow. We expect this capital plan to enable us to increase year-over-year 'same-store' sales volumes by 6 to 7 percent. Driving this year-over-year growth is an expected increase in our oil production of approximately 40,000 barrels per day," said Al Walker, Chairman, President and CEO of Anadarko. "During 2014, Anadarko expects to drill up to 25 high-potential deepwater exploration/ appraisal wells. Additionally, we plan to continue accelerating value through active portfolio management and monetizations, as demonstrated by the recently announced divestiture of our non-operated assets in Bohai Bay, China, and the closing of our sale of a 10-percent working interest in Mozambique's Offshore Area 1 to OVL." In 2014, the Company expects capital investments of $8.1 billion to $8.5 billion. The full analyst notes on Anadarko Petroleum Corporation are available to download free of charge at:


Cimarex  Energy  Co.  Analyst  Notes

On February 26, 2014, Cimarex Energy Co. (Cimarex) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.16 per share. The dividend is payable on June 2, 2014, to stockholders of record on May 15, 2014. The full analyst notes on Cimarex Energy Co. are available to download free of charge at:


Apache  Corporation  Analyst  Notes

On March 12, 2014, Apache Corporation (Apache) announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its Argentina operations and properties to YPF Sociedad Anonima for cash payment of $800.0 million plus the assumption of $52.0 million of bank debt as of June 30, 2013. "This transaction essentially marks the end of a process that Apache began last year to rebalance its portfolio to focus on assets in North America that can grow more predictably combined with international assets that generate substantial free cash flow," said G. Steven Farris, Chairman, CEO and President of Apache. The full analyst notes on Apache Corporation are available to download free of charge at:


Southwestern  Energy  Company  Analyst  Notes

On March 5, 2014, Southwestern Energy Company (Southwestern Energy) announced that its subsidiary Southwestern Energy Production Company has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 312,000 net acres in northwest Colorado targeting crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas contained in the Niobrara formation from Quicksilver Resources Inc. (Quicksilver Resources) and SWEPI LP (SWEPI) for approximately $180.0 million. Expecting to close the transaction in Q2 2014, Southwestern Energy noted that it intends to use its revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition. "This acreage position covers a substantial area in the Sand Wash Basin - over 50 miles across and over 20 miles wide - and provides the opportunity for us to leverage our operational strengths into a new large, scalable project," said Steve Mueller, President and CEO of Southwestern Energy. The full analyst notes on Southwestern Energy Company are available to download free of charge at:


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