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NOG Grows Its Acreage Position in Delaware01/10/2023
According to the company’s press release on December 19, Northern Oil and Gas Inc. (NOG) closed its announced deal with a private seller of non-operated interests in the Northern Delaware Basin for $131.6 million in cash.
The acquisition was announced with a $13 million deposit in October and is the third Permian Basin acquisition since August, adding to NOG’s $400 million of Permian Basin acquisitions in 2022.
The assets of 2,100 net acres are primarily operated by a private company Mewbourne Oil Co., with production anticipated to total almost 2,500 boe/d in 2023. Also, Coterra Energy Inc. and Permian Resource Corp. are operators of the assets. The assets contain high-quality, low breakeven development that is leveraged to some of NOG’s top operating partners, as our investors have come to expect.
With an effective date of November 1, 2022, the purchase is expected to add roughly $55 million of unhedged cash flow in 2023 as of October 10.
NOG, based in Minnetonka, Minn., targets to be the go-to resource for operators that want to offload non-operated working interests in leasehold. Initially, concentrated in the Williston Basin, the company has also extended into the Marcellus Shale and Permian Basin through a series of purchases.
NOG has incredibly expanded its position in the Permian Basin in 2022. The company’s dealmaking this year soared in January with the closing of a $406.5 million acquisition of Veritas Energy’s non-op position in the Permian, which marked the company’s largest investment to date.
Since then, NOG has increased almost $400 million worth of additional acquisitions in the Permian. Transactions have included a bolt-on acquisition of core northern Delaware Basin properties announced in late September for an initial purchase price of $157.5 million and the closing of a $110 million deal for Midland Basin properties from Laredo Petroleum Inc. on October 6.
One more northern Delaware Basin bolt-on acquisition unveiled by NOG on October 11 includes core non-operated working interest properties in New Mexico’s Lea and Eddy counties and Loving and Winkler counties in West Texas. The purchased assets cover approximately 2,100 net acres, 5.3 net producing wells, 2.1 net wells-in-process, and about 17.2 net undeveloped locations.
Production of almost 2,500 boe/d (68% oil, 2-stream) is anticipated from the acquired assets for 2023, making an estimated $55 million of unhedged cash flow in 2023 at strip pricing as of October 10 and resulting in a 2.4x transaction multiple.
Wells Fargo Securities is the financial adviser to NOG for the acquisition. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as the company’s legal adviser. TPH & Co., the energy business of Perella Weinberg Partners, served as a financial adviser to the seller, and Bracewell LLP is serving as the seller’s legal adviser.
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