HOUSTON, June 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energy XXI (Nasdaq:EXXI) today announced it has executed a purchase and sale agreement to monetize the Grand Isle Gathering System (GIGS) to CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (CorEnergy) for $245 million in cash plus the assumption of abandonment liabilities related to the assets. Concurrently with the sale, Energy XXI will enter into an operating lease agreement whereby it will continue to have access to and operate the pipeline assets, which consist of gathering and transportation pipelines in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Grand Isle terminal located onshore adjacent to Energy XXI's shore base operations. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Energy XXI will retain any revenues generated from transporting third party volumes. The transaction is expected to close prior to June 30, 2015, taking current liquidity to nearly $1 billion.
"The monetization of the GIGS pipeline assets is another important step in executing the strategy we communicated to our investors," Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer John Schiller said. "Continuing to maintain operatorship of the GIGS is important to us, ensuring transportation of a significant portion of our production."
KeyBank Capital Markets Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Energy XXI.
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About the Company
Energy XXI is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company whose growth strategy emphasizes acquisitions, enhanced by its value-added organic drilling program. The company's properties are located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico waters and the Gulf Coast onshore. To learn more, visit the Energy XXI website at www.EnergyXXI.com.