Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) has now agreed to sell a stake of its Mississippian Lime assets, receiving $1.02 billion for its 425 thousand acres, or about $2,400 per acre. While this is lower than analysts had expected the company to make in this deal, Motley Fool energy analyst Joel South tells us in this video why this is a prudent move for the company. The move not only continues to reduce Chesapeake's funding gap, but is also in line with its longer-term strategy of moving away from plays that have a high percentage of natural gas, such as the Mississippian, and concentrating more heavily on the higher-margin oil plays, such as the company's assets in the Eagle Ford.

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