Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:REXX) announced that it entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Antero Resources Corporation (“Antero”) pursuant to which Antero will acquire the company’s Ohio Utica assets in the Warrior South Area. Rex Energy is selling its entire interest in the assets and expects to receive net proceeds at closing of approximately $30.0 million (subject to customary closing and post-closing adjustments).

The assets that are being divested are non-core and were not included in the company’s future development plans. Included in the sale are 14 gross wells and approximately 4,100 net acres in Guernsey, Noble and Belmont Counties in Ohio; the assets are currently producing approximately 9.0 Mmcfe/d. Rex Energy expects to use the proceeds from the sale to pay down the revolving line of credit and for general corporate purposes. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017, subject to customary closing conditions and required approvals.

Upon the closing of the transaction, the company has received approval from its bank lenders to maintain the existing $190 million borrowing base under its revolving credit facility.

“Rex Energy routinely evaluates our asset portfolio to align our development plans with the strategic deployment of capital,” said Tom Stabley, Rex Energy President and Chief Executive Officer. “With limited opportunity to expand our development in Warrior South, and high quality assets located in near proximity to Antero’s operations, we view this transaction as a win-win for both parties.”

Mr. Stabley continued, “This transaction is another in a series of initiatives we’ve undertaken in the last 12 months to strengthen our balance sheet and enhance Rex’s liquidity position. Once completed, the sale of the Warrior South assets plus our previous sale of the Illinois Basin and other non-core assets will have generated over $71 million of additional liquidity.”

The company plans to update the market regarding its 2017 and 2018 development, capital, and financial plans and production projections in conjunction with or shortly following the closing of the Warrior South sale. (Original Source)

Shares of Rex Energy are currently rising 4.44% to $0.520, or up $0.022 in pre-market trading Wednesday. REXX has a 1-year high of $2.43 and a 1-year low of $0.23. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.46 and its 200-day moving average is $0.55.

On the ratings front, Rex Energy has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report released yesterday, RBC analyst Scott Hanold reiterated a Buy rating on REXX, with a price target of $1, which represents a potential upside of 101% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on November 9, Wells Fargo’s Gordon Douthat maintained a Hold rating on the stock .

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Scott Hanold and Gordon Douthat have a yearly average return of 5.7% and 12.0% respectively. Hanold has a success rate of 61% and is ranked #224 out of 4351 analysts, while Douthat has a success rate of 42% and is ranked #1114.

Rex Energy Corp. is an independent energy company, which engages in acquisition, production, exploration and development of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids with properties concentrated in the Appalachian and Illinois regions of the United States. It operates through the Exploration and Production and Field Services segment. The Exploration and Production segment engages in the exploration, acquisition, development and production of oil, natural gas and Liquids. The Field Services segment operates and manages water sourcing, water transfer and water disposal services, primarily in the Appalachian Basin.