Chesapeake Energy to buy WildHorse Resource for nearly $4B

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2015, file photo, two people walk past one of the entrances to the Chesapeake Energy Corporation campus in Oklahoma City. Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to acquire Houston-based WildHorse Resource Development Corp. in a nearly $4 billion deal. The agreement was announced Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, by Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake and WildHorse, an oil and gas company operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk formations in Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oil and natural gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to acquire Houston-based WildHorse Resource Development Corp. in a nearly $4 billion deal.

The companies announced the agreement Tuesday. The boards of both companies have approved the sale.

WildHorse is an oil and gas company operating in the Eagle Ford Shale and Austin Chalk formations in Texas.

Doug Lawler, the president and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake, says the addition of WildHorse plus Chesapeake’s substantial growth profile in the Powder River Basin should help the company’s expansion in the oil sector.

Also Tuesday, Chesapeake reported third-quarter net income of $84 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year ago.

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This story has been updated to correct the name of the company to WildHorse Resource, not WildHorse Research.

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