Matador Resources Company announced the closing of its wholly-owned subsidiary’s previously-announced acquisition of Advance Energy Partners Holdings, LLC from EnCap Investments L.P. including Advance’s oil and natural gas producing properties, undeveloped acreage and midstream assets located in Lea County, New Mexico and Ward County, Texas.
The consideration paid upon the closing of the Advance Transaction consisted of an initial as-adjusted cash purchase price of approximately $1.6 billion, which amount is subject to customary post-closing adjustments. As previously announced, the Advance Transaction may also include potential additional cash consideration of $7.5 million for each month of 2023 in which the average oil price, as defined in the securities purchase agreement, exceeds $85 per barrel.
The Advance Transaction includes approximately 18,500 net acres in the core of the northern Delaware Basin, most of which is adjacent to or very close to some of Matador’s best acreage where wells with an estimated ultimate recovery of over one million barrels of oil equivalent have been drilled. It also provides a significant increase to Matador’s inventory in primary development zones, with 206 gross (174 net) operated locations in core target formations and an additional 38 gross (35 net) upside operated locations in the Wolfcamp D formation. This new acreage also provides further expansion opportunities for Pronto Midstream, LLC, Matador’s wholly-owned midstream subsidiary.
About Matador Resources Company
Matador is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources in the United States, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas shale and other unconventional plays. Its current operations are focused primarily on the oil and liquids-rich portion of the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring plays in the Delaware Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. Matador also operates in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas and the Haynesville shale and Cotton Valley plays in Northwest Louisiana. Additionally, Matador conducts midstream operations in support of its exploration, development and production operations and provides natural gas processing, oil transportation services, natural gas, oil and produced water gathering services and produced water disposal services to third parties.
The Company’s predecessor, Foran Oil Company, was founded in 1983 by Joseph Wm. Foran, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with $270,000 in contributed capital from 17 friends and family members. Foran Oil Company was later contributed to Matador Petroleum Corporation upon its formation by Mr. Foran in 1988. Mr. Foran served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of that company from its inception until it was sold in June 2003 to Tom Brown, Inc., in an all-cash transaction for an enterprise value of approximately $388.5 million. On the following Monday, Mr. Foran founded Matador Resources Company with $6 million. Today, Matador has a market cap of approximately $6 billion (based upon the Company’s closing share price on April 5, 2023) and is one of the top 20 public exploration and production companies in the country by market capitalization and one of the top 10 oil and natural gas producers in New Mexico.