Energen signed a definitive stock purchase agreement to sell its natural gas utility business, Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), to The Laclede Group. The value of the transaction is $1.6 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments, and is comprised of $1.28 billion in cash and approximately $320 million of debt. Energen's after-tax proceeds are estimated to be $1.1 billion, after consideration of accelerated intangible drilling costs. This transaction is subject to state and federal regulatory approval and is expected to close in 2014. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Energen, and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is acting as legal counsel.