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Consol Energy’s Dominion Resources Acquisition Yields High Returns

by Kenneth E. DuBose on September 12, 2011

Consol Energy’ acquisition of Dominion Resources’ Appalachian business for $3.5 billion in 2010 is proving to be a real boon for the company. Consol first announced a $3.5 billion JV with Noble Energy in the Marcellus Shale and more recently announced a $593 million JV with Hess in the Utica Shale. The company has not released what it has invested since acquiring the Dominion assets, but I can do simple math. That’s over $4.0 billion from outside parties to buy a percentage of the companies oil & gas assets.

Eighteen months ago, Consol Energy Inc. bought Dominion Resources Inc.’s Appalachian natural gas properties for $3.5 billion, giving the coal producer a big position in the Marcellus Shale natural gas field.

At the time, Wall Street disapproved. Consol’s shares fell more than 9 percent.

Consol looks clever now.

The Canonsburg, Pa., company announced Wednesday it would receive $593 million from Hess Corp. for a joint venture to explore and develop Consol’s 200,000 acres of Utica Shale in Ohio, much of it acquired from Dominion.

The Hess deal comes a month after Consol signed a $3.4 billion joint venture with Noble Energy Inc. of Houston to develop about 663,500 acres of Marcellus Shale leases in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, much of it former Dominion property.

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