Magnum Hunter announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Triad Hunter, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire oil and gas properties and leasehold mineral interests located in Wetzel and Lewis Counties, West Virginia. The Seller of the asset portfolio is PostRock Energy, based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Triad Hunter will acquire the Marcellus Assets for a total purchase price of $39.75 million. The purchase price will be a combination of (i) 50% in cash in the total amount of $19.875 million, and (ii) 50% payable in 3.2 million newly issued restricted common shares of Magnum Hunter stock. The value of the share consideration was based on the volume weighted average price of the Company's common stock on the NYSE Amex for the 10 consecutive trading days prior to the date on which the parties entered into the definitive agreement, or approximately $6.20 per share. The 3.2 million new shares of restricted common stock to be issued as consideration represents approximately 4.0% of the Company's 79.2 million fully-diluted common shares outstanding as of December 23, 2010. No debt will be assumed by Triad Hunter and no other consideration beyond the cash component and the issuance of new Magnum Hunter restricted common stock will be paid for the Marcellus Assets.
The acquisition is subject to certain conditions and scheduled to close in two phases, each of which is expected to be completed by mid-January 2011. The first closing contemplates the sale of the Wetzel County assets for $28 million and the second closing contemplates the sale of the Lewis County assets for $11.75 million. Aggregate consideration is subject to adjustments based on title, indemnities and certain other matters.
Description of the Marcellus Assets
The oil and gas properties will be 100% operated by Triad Hunter. They consist of eight proved developed producing wells, six developed non-producing wells (shut-in), two wells behind pipe, and fifteen proved undeveloped locations. Based on the analysis completed by the Company's in-house reservoir engineers, as of November 1, 2010, the Marcellus Assets had total proved reserves of approximately 24.3 Bcfe (11% proved developed producing) with net production of approximately 905 Mcfe per day (100% natural gas). The Company's in-house reservoir engineers estimate the Marcellus Shale probable reserves of these assets total 165.4 Bcfe.
The total acreage being acquired by Triad Hunter includes approximately 11,378 gross acres (8,652 net acres) located in Wetzel (40% of gross acres and 27% of net acres) and Lewis Counties, West Virginia. The majority of future lease expirations across the acreage being acquired can be extended through a manageable drilling program which is planned for early 2011. The acquired acreage is located in the general proximity to Triad Hunter's existing West Virginia Marcellus Shale exposure, more specifically acreage located in Tyler, Pleasants, and Doddridge Counties, West Virginia.
Mr. Gary C. Evans, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magnum Hunter commented, "Since our initial investment in this region beginning with the acquisition of Triad Hunter earlier this year, we have continued to expand our Company's exposure to this resource play with a primary focus in West Virginia. This has been accomplished via a combination of new leases, farm-in's, joint ventures, and now this acquisition which further expands our operations into two additional counties. We plan to be one of the most active drillers in Northwest West Virginia in 2011 and have made the financial commitments in the midstream area to realize the greatest value possible from each molecule of natural gas produced. All of these new assets are either within close proximity to our existing Eureka Hunter pipeline system or adjacent to our expansion plans for next year."
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