Why InterOil Corporation's Shares Plunged Today

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What: Shares of InterOil Corporation dropped a whopping 37% today after announcing an asset sale to oil giant Total .

So what: Total is buying a gross 61.3% stake in InterOil's petroleum retention license 15 in Papua New Guinea, including the Elk and Antelope fields. Fixed payments for the purchase will include $613 million on closing, $112 million in final investment decision for a new LNG plant, and $100 million at first LNG cargo from the proposed plant.  

Now what: This is a lot for InterOil to give up and investors clearly aren't impressed with the price. But talks with ExxonMobil had slowed and Total was a logical partner because of its interests in the area. There's upside if production exceeds 3.5 Tcfe, but we're a long way from that paying off for investors.

The bottom line today is that investors feel that InterOil gave up too much for too little from Total and that's why shares fell like a rock.

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