Galaxy and the sellers have also entered into separate agreements with a third party, and Galaxy's ultimate working interest in the properties, as well as the total acreage involved, will depend upon the relative performance of Galaxy and the other parties to the agreements. Assuming that all parties perform as contemplated in the agreement, Galaxy's ultimate working interest would be approximately 25% in a larger acreage position.
Galaxy and a third party are committed to drill a minimum of ten wells on the properties within the next eighteen months, and the Company will act as operator.
Funding for Galaxy's share of project costs has been financed through a private placement of approximately $7.7 million in senior subordinated convertible notes which are convertible into common stock at $1.88 per share, the entire amount of which was committed on March 1, 2005.
Marc E. Bruner, Galaxy's chairman and president, stated: "The acquisition in the Piceance Basin is an opportunistic transaction that adds to and diversifies Galaxy's non-conventional natural gas holdings in the Rocky Mountains. Although we are still in the early stages of our Powder River Basin coal bed methane development program, we have been planning for a follow-on project that would diversify our operations and provide similar opportunity for growth.
"We believe that this new project provides an attractive opportunity for Galaxy and allows us to capitalize on the outstanding technical capabilities and experience of our management team and staff, most of whom have been developing non-conventional gas reserves in the Rocky Mountains for most of their careers."
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