Privately backed producer Indigo Minerals LLC
has returned to the acquisition market after making a $218 million cash deal with Chesapeake Energy Corp.
to acquire some producing properties, undeveloped acreage and midstream assets spread across northern Louisiana, East Texas and Arkansas. Under the agreement, Indigo would acquire stakes in 519 of Chesapeake's producing wells that are located in more than 60 fields. The transaction also includes 40,000 undeveloped acres, bringing the total acreage position to be sold to Indigo to more than 122,000 net acres. Indigo would operate 219 of the newly acquired wells, and it would gain a working interest in another 300 of the Chesapeake-operated wells in the region. Net production following the acquisition "will approach 40 MMcfe/d, and total proved reserves will exceed 220 Bcfe," said Indigo, which is based in Houston. Chesapeake would retain its deep leasehold rights in the Haynesville Shale properties, Indigo said. The acquisition follows a divestment phase by Indigo that began in 2008, when the company sold 89,000 acres of mineral rights in the Haynesville Shale to EnCana Corp.
for $457 million (see NGI
, June 30, 2008