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American Energy Partners, LP Affiliates Combining to Streamline E&P

American Energy Partners, LP (“AEP”) announced yesterday that its affiliates, American Energy-Utica, LLC (“AEU”) and American Energy – Marcellus, LLC (“AEM”) are combining in an all-stock transaction to form American Energy Appalachian Holdings, LLC (“AEA”).  AEP hopes that the “attractive positions [of AEU and AEM] in each of these respective plays and their complementary nature will allow AEA to maximize returns by realizing administrative and operational efficiencies.” The transaction will result in AEA holding a position in over 300,000 net Utica and Marcellus shale acres in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. AEP entered the Marcellus shale play in June as part of a larger $4 billion effort to expand its holdings in West Virginia, Ohio and Texas. AEP affiliates also maintain positions in the Woodford Shale in central Oklahoma and the Permian Basin in western Texas.