Synergy Resources Corporation (SYRG), a U.S. oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase from Orr Energy 36 producing oil and gas wells in the Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg Basin.
Under the terms of the agreement, Synergy will pay a total consideration of $42 million, comprised of $30 million in cash and $12 million in shares of Synergy's common stock. The purchase price is subject to usual closing adjustments and conditions. The transaction is expected to close at the end of November.
The combined 36 oil and gas wells are currently producing at an average rate of 360 BOE/D, with the oldest well in the field producing since 2006. All of the wells have been drilled vertically to the Codell, Niobrara and/or J-Sand formations. Synergy will be the operator on 35 of the 36 wells.
The acquisition includes leases covering a total of approximately 3,933 gross (3,196 net) acres. 2,191 of these net acres are in the core of the Wattenberg field, adjoining or near existing Synergy leased or producing acreage. Given the 20 acre spacing for vertical wells on this acreage, there is the potential to drill approximately 75 new vertical wells, and based on 80 acre spacing for horizontal wells, there is the potential to drill 55 Codell / Niobrara horizontal wells.
The other 1,005 net acres are northeast of the Wattenberg field in Grover, Colorado. Management plans to use existing seismic data acquired in the transaction to establish a drilling program for new vertical and horizontal wells on this acreage. These leases are near other operators where existing production is 85% oil.
Synergy will have a 100% working interest (77% net revenue interest) in 29 of the producing wells to be acquired, with a smaller working /net revenue interest in the remaining seven wells. Synergy will have a 100% working interest (80% net revenue interest) in the majority of future wells drilled on the leased acreage.
"This acquisition represents a valuable addition to our productive Wattenberg acreage," said William E. Scaff, vice president of Synergy Resources. "The Orr assets were a prime target for us due to the strategic blocking nature to our acreage, and it allows us access to strategic pad sites in order to expand our vertical and horizontal drilling potential in this field. We are continuing to evaluate additional potential acquisitions that would suit our core strategy and the strengths of our management team."
Credit Agreement Amendment
Coinciding with the acquisition agreement, Synergy has amended the terms of its revolving line of credit and continues its long-term, expanding relationship with Community Banks of Colorado. The amended terms increase the maximum amount of borrowings available to Synergy from $20 million to $30 million, subject to certain collateral requirements. The company anticipates using the expanded credit line for acquisitions and to fund a portion of its 2013 CAPEX program. The maximum interest rate on the line of credit is LIBOR plus 3.0%. The company currently has minimal long-term debt.
The company will release its fiscal 2012 year-end results on or about November 7, 2012, where it will continue to discuss the merits of this acquisition, 2013 CAPEX spending and year-end financial results.