Gabelli Upgrades Black Hills Corp (BKH) to Buy; Selling Bakken as Three Folks Assets for $243M

August 24, 2012 2:22 PM EDT
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Gabelli upgraded Black Hills Corp (NYSE: BKH) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $46.00.

Gabelli analyst said, "Upgrading to Buy after BKH agreed to sell its 85% interest in its Bakken and Three Forks shale assets (73 wells and 28,000 net lease acres) in the Williston Basin for $243 million to QEP Resources (NYSE: QEP). The sale is expected to close on 9/30/2012 and net cash proceeds of $230-240mm with a considerable taxable gain offset by NOL’s...We consider the agreement to be a significant positive given expected $0.10-0.15 EPS accretion, improved balance sheet, reduced equity needs and the realization of significant unrecognized value."

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Shares of Black Hills Corp closed at $31.01 yesterday.

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