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Cimarex, Cabot Combination ‘Building an Ark, Not a Party Boat’ in Lower 48 Oil, Natural Gas

Cimarex, Cabot Combination ‘Building an Ark, Not a Party Boat’ in Lower 48 Oil, Natural Gas

Cimarex Energy Co. and Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. on Monday agreed to combine in an all-stock merger, tying together their extensive operations in the Marcellus Shale, Permian and Anadarko basins. Denver-based Cimarex controls 560,000 net acres combined in the Permian and Anadarko, while Houston-based Cabot has 173,000 net acres in the Marcellus. Cabot CEO…

May 24, 2021
Enerplus Continuing to Build Bakken Stronghold with Hess Purchase

Enerplus Continuing to Build Bakken Stronghold with Hess Purchase

Hess Corp. is selling off some of its Bakken Shale acreage in North Dakota to Calgary-based Enerplus Corp. for $312 million. The deal, set to be completed in May, includes the Little Knife and Murphy Creek acreage. The Hess assets are spread across 78,700 acres in the southernmost portion of its Bakken position. Total net…

April 8, 2021
Canadian E&P Merger to Create Montney Shale Natural Gas, Condensate Goliath

Canadian E&P Merger to Create Montney Shale Natural Gas, Condensate Goliath

Canada’s Arc Resources Ltd. and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (7G) have agreed to merge, a combination that would create one of the top natural gas operators in the country, with output centered in the Montney Shale. Combined production this year is estimated at 340,000 boe/d-plus, including 1.2 Bcf/d of gas and 138,000 b/d of condensate.…

February 19, 2021
Arc Resources, 7G Combination to Create Montney Natural Gas, Condensate Giant

Arc Resources, 7G Combination to Create Montney Natural Gas, Condensate Giant

Canada’s Arc Resources Ltd. and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (7G) agreed to merge on Wednesday, a combination that would create one of the top natural gas operators in the country, with output centered in the Montney Shale. Combined production this year is estimated at 340,000 boe/d-plus, including 1.2 Bcf/d of gas and 138,000 b/d of…

February 11, 2021
Calgary’s Whitecap Adds Torc Oil to Takeover List, Building Light Oil Operations

Calgary’s Whitecap Adds Torc Oil to Takeover List, Building Light Oil Operations

Calgary-based explorers Whitecap Resources Inc. and Torc Oil & Gas Ltd. have agreed to join forces in a merger that combines their light oil-weighted portfolios. The all-stock transaction is valued at around C$900 million ($703 million), including C$335 million of Torc’s net debt. The combination, which is keeping the Whitecap brand, would become one of…

December 9, 2020
Lower 48 E&P Consolidation Likely to Increase on Lower WTI, Acreage Prices

Lower 48 E&P Consolidation Likely to Increase on Lower WTI, Acreage Prices

The average price for U.S. onshore unconventional acreage has declined by more than 70% in the last two years, a precursor to more consolidation through 2022, according to Rystad Energy. The price for Lower 48 acreage fell on average to $5,000/acre this year from $17,000 in 2018, the result of lower West Texas Intermediate (WTI)…

November 12, 2020
Bonanza Creek, HighPoint to Merge, Creating Powerhouse DJ E&P

Bonanza Creek, HighPoint to Merge, Creating Powerhouse DJ E&P

Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin pure-plays Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. has agreed to merge with Colorado rival HighPoint Resources Corp. in a $376 million transaction that would combine their Weld County acreage and production. On a pro forma basis, Bonanza Creek would have 206,000 net acres in Weld County. All the acreage would be unincorporated and “not…

November 10, 2020
Liberty Oilfield Finds Opportunities with Haynesville Entry, OneStim Takeover

Liberty Oilfield Finds Opportunities with Haynesville Entry, OneStim Takeover

Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. proved the contrarian during the third quarter, and it appeared to pay off, as it acquired a top-tier pressure pumping business, gained entry into the gassy Haynesville Shale, and un-furloughed all of the employees who were sent home last spring in anticipation of brighter days ahead. Revenue jumped 67% from…

October 29, 2020
E&P Mergers Creating Potential Headwind for OFS Sector, Says RPC Chief

E&P Mergers Creating Potential Headwind for OFS Sector, Says RPC Chief

U.S. oilfield activity has begun to tick higher from the historic lows last spring, but even stronger oil and natural gas prices are not enough to generate sustainable returns, RPC Inc. CEO Richard A. Hubbell said Wednesday. During the third quarter conference call, Hubbell said conditions have improved since bottoming in 2Q2020, but they are…

October 29, 2020
Lower 48 E&P Consolidation Continues as Contango, Mid-Con Agree to Merge

Lower 48 E&P Consolidation Continues as Contango, Mid-Con Agree to Merge

One day after two giant Canadian producers announced a tie-up and less than a week after other mega mergers were announced, Houston-based Contango Oil & Gas Co. agreed to expand its holdings in the Lower 48 in an all-stock merger with Mid-Con Energy Partners LP.  Contango works the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico…

October 26, 2020