HOUSTON, Dec. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LINN Energy, LLC (Nasdaq:LINE) ("LINN" or the "Company") and LinnCo, LLC (Nasdaq:LNCO) ("LinnCo") announced today that LINN has closed the previously announced sale of its entire position in the Granite Wash and Cleveland plays located in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma to privately held institutional affiliates of EnerVest, Ltd. and FourPoint Energy, LLC at a contract price of $1.95 billion (the "Granite Wash sale"), subject to pre- and post-closing purchase price adjustments.
Following repayment of the term loan and a portion of the indebtedness under its revolving credit facility with proceeds from these asset sale transactions, LINN has pro forma liquidity of approximately $2.4 billion as of September 30, 2014.On November 21, 2014, LINN closed the previously announced trade with Exxon Mobil Corporation ("ExxonMobil") whereby LINN received ExxonMobil's interest in California's South Belridge Field and ExxonMobil received production and acreage prospective for horizontal Wolfcamp drilling in the Permian Basin. ABOUT LINN ENERGY LINN Energy's mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets. LINN Energy is a top-15 U.S. independent oil and natural gas development company, with approximately 7.8 Tcfe of proved reserves (pro forma for announced 2014 trades, acquisitions and divestitures) in producing U.S. basins as of December 31, 2013. More information about LINN Energy is available at www.linnenergy.com. ABOUT LINNCO LinnCo was created to enhance LINN Energy's ability to raise additional equity capital to execute on its acquisition and growth strategy. LinnCo is a Delaware limited liability company that has elected to be taxed as a corporation for United States federal income tax purposes, and accordingly its shareholders will receive a Form 1099 in respect of any dividends paid by LinnCo. More information about LinnCo is available at www.linnco.com. SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release includes "forward-looking statements." All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to forward-looking statements about acquisitions, divestitures and trades, timing and payment of distributions, and the expectations of plans, strategies, objectives and anticipated financial and operating results of the company, including the company's drilling program, production, hedging activities, capital expenditure levels and other guidance included in this press release. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the company based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These include risks relating to the company's financial performance and results, availability of sufficient cash flow to pay distributions and execute its business plan, prices and demand for oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, the ability to replace reserves and efficiently develop current reserves and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected as described in the company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. See "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other public filings and press releases. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
CONTACT: LINN ENERGY, LLC Investors & Media: Clay Jeansonne - Vice President - Investor Relations 281-840-4193 Zach Dailey, Director - Investor Relations 713-904-6547 Sarah Nordin - Public Relations & Media 713-904-6605