Activist investor, Jana Partners has just purchased 5% stake in EQT Corp.
The company said it is trying block the U.S. oil and gas company’s proposed acquisition of Rice Energy, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Jana Partners wants EQT to fully separate its pipeline operations instead of buying Rice Energy, the paper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
EQT said in June it would buy Rice Energy, a fellow Appalachian gas and oil firm, for $6.7 billion to become the largest U.S. natural gas producer.
Jana’s goal is to make EQT a pure exploration-and-production company, the WSJ report said.
EQT and Rice Energy were not immediately available for comment.
To put things into context, Jana Partners had been buying EQT shares before the deal was announced and was “blindsided” by the move, the Journal reported, citing the people.
Jana said it is a value-oriented, event-driven manager that invests, long and short, in companies undergoing or expected to undergo change.
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