Both acquisitions, which are expected to close during the second half of December 2006, are subject to customary closing conditions and purchase price adjustments, but neither is conditioned on the closing of the other transaction.
The properties to be acquired consist of 273 wells, have estimated proved reserves as of Oct. 1, 2006, of 14.4 BCFE, of which 62 percent is natural gas, and a reserves-to-production ratio of 13.6 years. Net daily production is approximately 3.1 MMCFE.
"Our first acquisitions following EVEP's IPO are an excellent fit with our existing assets," said John. B. Walker, Chairman and CEO. "This is long-lived production in areas where EnerVest, which acts as contract operator for our properties, has existing operations. We expect the acquisitions to be accretive immediately to distributable cash flow per unit and to enhance our ability to provide stability and growth in distributions to our unitholders."
EVEP will finance the acquisitions with borrowings under its existing credit facility, and, consistent with its strategy of hedging a significant percentage of its production, intends to enter into arrangements to hedge a substantial portion of the acquired production volumes at closing.
Management is reviewing with the Board of Directors the appropriate level of future cash distributions and after closing of the transactions anticipates recommending an increase in the quarterly distribution rate beginning with the distribution for the first full quarter following closing.
EV Energy Partners, L.P., is a master limited partnership engaged in acquiring, producing and developing oil and gas properties.
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