Monday, September 24, 2012

US Energy Acquires 400 Net Acres; $2.5 Million; Already in Production; Minor Working Interests

From Yahoo!In-Play:
U.S. Energy acquires Bakken/Three forks asset package for $2.5 million:
US Energy announced the acquisition of a producing Bakken and Three Forks asset package.  
Bakken Production and Acreage Acquisition: On September 21, 2012 the Co entered into a purchase and sale agreement with an undisclosed seller to acquire interests in producing Bakken and Three Forks formation wells and related acreage in McKenzie, Williams and Mountrail Counties, North Dakota.  
Under the agreement, USE acquired working interests in 23 drilling units for $2.5 mln with an estimated 307,000 BOE in proved reserves. USE's working interest in the drilling units averages 1.45% and ranges from less than 1% to ~5%.  
There are currently 27 gross producing wells in the acreage. Of these wells, 25 are producing from the Bakken formation and 2 are producing from the Three Forks formation. All acreage (~400 net acres) is currently held by production and produces ~47 BOE/D net to USE. 
On a going forward basis, there is the potential for USE to participate in an additional 135 gross wells from the Bakken and Three Forks formations combined and the Co will be heads up for its proportionate interests on all new wells drilled within the units. The effective date of the transaction is July 1, 2012.
Comment: the back-of-the-envelope is getting pretty full of doodling, but $2.5 million / 400 net acres --> $6,250/acre, which seems to be in line with going rate of acreage in the better Bakken.

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