Energen Completes Sale of Delaware & San Juan Basin Assets

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/20/2016, Location: North America

Energen Corporation has closed or signed purchase and sale agreements (PSAs) for its non-core Delaware Basin and San Juan Basin assets. Including all sales transactions with multiple, undisclosed buyers, the total gross proceeds of $551.7 million are subject to standard closing costs and transaction fees. Asset sales not yet closed are expected to close by mid-August. The company expects to incur minimal taxes in association with these transactions.

Net production associated with all the non-core properties being sold averaged 9.0 thousand oil-equivalent barrels per day (mboepd) in April 2016, of which only 34 percent was oil; the majority of the production is in the San Juan Basin. In the Delaware Basin, the non-core assets for which sales are closed or pending largely reflect unproved leasehold of approximately 55,000 net acres previously designated as Tier 1 or Tier 2. At December 31, 2015, proved reserves associated with all non-core asset sales totaled approximately 55 million oil-equivalent barrels (BOE).

“We are very pleased with the success of our non-core asset sales,” said James McManus, Energen’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The proceeds have exceeded our expectations and, as a result, our balance sheet is even stronger. This position of financial strength allows us a great deal of flexibility to pursue additional capital investment opportunities in the Permian Basin in 2016 and 2017, including increased drilling and development and acquisitions.

“To that end, we are increasing our capital investment in 2016 to approximately $450 million to further build up our inventory of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) at year end,” McManus added. “Up to $130 million will now target the Delaware Basin, where we plan to drill 17-19 net DUCs in the second half of 2016. In total, we now expect to end the year with approximately 54-58 net DUCs in the Permian Basin. [Prior capital guidance was $350-$400 million and 37-50 net DUCs.]

“Not only does our balance sheet support the completion of these wells in 2017 but it also places us in an excellent financial position to undertake additional drilling and development activities in 2017.”

With the sale of the remainder of its San Juan Basin assets, Energen has completed its transition to a pure Permian Basin operator. Its focus is on drilling and developing its high-quality acreage positions in the Midland and Delaware basins, where it estimates a remaining net resource potential of 2.0 billion BOE.

In the core Midland Basin, the company has approximately 68,500 net acres with 2,546 net identified locations in seven horizontal formations. After all the transactions have closed, Energen will have approximately 42,200 net acres in the Delaware Basin in Texas and New Mexico with 954 net identified locations in four Wolfcamp shale formations.

The company’s primary focus in the Delaware Basin will be on bringing forward the value on approximately 31,200 net acres in Loving and parts of Reeves and Ward counties. On this core acreage position, the company has identified 675 net locations, including 148 net locations with at least 10,000 foot laterals and another 217 net locations with average lateral lengths of 7,500 feet.

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