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Range Resources buys Memorial Resource for $3.3 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Range Resources will buy rival natural gas producer Memorial Resource Development for about $3.3 billion to expand its range in the East and in the Gulf.

Shareholders of Memorial Resources, based in Houston, will receive 0.375 shares of Range Resources stock for each of their shares. The all-stock deal is valued at about $15.75 per share, marking a 17 percent premium to its closing price Friday.

Range Resources will also assume $1.1 billion in debt.

The purchase better positions the Fort Worth, Texas, company in the Appalachian and Gulf Coast regions. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

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