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August 30, 2013
10:31 EDTAPA, SNPApache advances after selling stake in Egypt business
Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) are climbing after the company announced that it had sold a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to a Chinese company. WHAT'S NEW: Apache last night announced that it had sold a 33% stake in its Egyptian oil and gas business to China's Sinopec International Petroleum (SNP). Apache noted that it would continue to operate its Egypt upstream oil and gas business. ANALYST REACTION: A number of analysts reacted positively to the news. The transaction is "a game-changer," Deutsche Bank analyst Stephen Richardson wrote in a note to investors. The deal enables Apache to obtain significant value from an asset to which the market had given low value, he believes. As a result of the deal, Egyptian assets constitute only 15% of Apache's production, down from 20% last year, the analyst wrote. He kept a $105 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Similarly, Wells Fargo analyst David Tameron wrote that the deal is positive for Apache's stock, as many on the Street had doubted whether the company could sell its Egyptian assets for a significant amount. Apache received a much higher value for the assets than the Street had expected, and the company can use the funds to reduce its debt or buy back more of its shares, added Tameron. Moreover, the transaction could force those shorting the stock to buy back shares, propelling the shares higher, Tameron believes. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Apache climbed $6.30, or 8%, to $85.
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October 14, 2014
16:39 EDTAPAApache CEO says continuing to evaluate options for international assets
"As we have previously outlined, Apache is transforming into a leading North America-focused exploration and production company with an extensive resource base, strong production growth and a commitment to maximizing rate of return," CEO Steven Farris said. "We are continuing to evaluate options for our international assets and LNG projects, including the potential separation of these assets through strategic transactions or the capital markets."
16:37 EDTAPAApache announces resignation of CFO Alfonso Leon, appoints interim CFO
Apache announced that Alfonso Leon, executive vice president and CFO, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Leon's departure is not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures, accounting or legal matters. Executive Vice President P. Anthony Lannie will serve as interim CFO as the company conducts a search for a new CFO. Prior to joining Apache as general counsel in 2003, Lannie served as president of Kinder Morgan Power Company and president of Coral Energy Canada, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company.

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