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Ahead of its quarterly earnings announcement, scheduled for February 22, 2017, oil exploration company $APA said it expects adj. international production to be in the range of 138,000 to 140,000 BOE per day in 4Q17. In the US, production is currently estimated to be at the high end of the company's guidance range of 218,000 to 224,000 BOE per day.
$ITRI has completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks, Inc. The legacy Silver Spring Networks business is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Itron, Inc. and will be integrated and reported as a new business segment, Itron Networked Solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Energy utility firm $D has entered into an agreement with $SCG, under which the companies will merge in a stock-for-stock transaction. SCANA shareholders will receive 0.6690 share of Dominion for each SCANA share. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Dominion’s earnings. SCANA will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion.
Electricity utility company $SRE has commenced separate offerings of $2.5Bil of its common shares and $1.5Bil of its Series-A Convertible Preferred Stock. Sempra intends to use the net proceeds from the offerings and the related sale of shares to finance, in part, its proposed merger with Energy Future Holdings Corp. and related costs and expenses.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. (SCE&G), principal subsidiary of $SCG, filed a formal request with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the combined operating licenses for VC Summer Station Units 2 & 3. SCE&G states that it has irrevocably abandoned its interests in the VCS Units 2 and 3.
$WPX closed the divestiture of its legacy natural gas position in the San Juan Basin for $169MM. This includes WPX’s operated and non-operated gas properties in the basin. This does not include WPX’s oil operations in the basin’s Gallup play. $WPX expects to finish 2017 with about $200MM cash on-hand and no borrowings against its credit revolver.
$ITRI signed a contract with Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - South, a subsidiary of Vectren Corp., to modernize its energy grid. Itron's OpenWay Riva IoT solution for electricity and gas with Itron Total Outcomes will help transform customer experience and improve reliability.
$NOG Chairman Rich Weber announced his resignation to allow him to focus his time on his responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of PennEnergy Resources. The Board appointed current director Bahram Akradi as Lead Independent Director and a member of Executive Committee. Akradi and the Executive Committee will provide leadership on an ongoing basis.
$NOG's Board approved a preliminary 2018 capital budget of up to $176MM, which contemplates 20-22 net wells added to production during 2018. Based on this preliminary budget, 2018 annual production is expected to increase by 10-14% when compared to 2017. The Board also sees a 10-15% reduction in general and administrative expenses from 2017.
$NOG now expects 4Q17 average daily production to increase by 4-6% over 3Q17, compared to prior guidance indicating flat sequential production at the mid-point. The company now expects to add about 5-6 net wells to production and oil differential to improve by $1.50 per barrel.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted approval for the acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp., which owns majority stake in Oncor Electric Delivery Company, by $SRE. The closure of the transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals. The company did not reveal the financial terms of the deal.
$ITRI and $SSNI said the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 with respect to Itron's acquisition of Silver Spring Networks has expired. The expiration of the HSR Act waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending acquisition, which is expected to close in early 2018.