MINNEAPOLIS – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (American NYSE: NOG):
ACQUISITION OF THE WILLISTON BASIN
Northern has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire undeveloped interests in more than 400 producing drilling wells located primarily in Williams, McKenzie, Mountrail and Dunn counties, North Dakota, for a purchase price of $ 154 million. dollars in cash, subject to typical closing adjustments. Northern expects to fund the acquisition with cash, free cash flow and borrowings under Northern’s revolving credit facility.
Northern expects a significant increase in its borrowing base from acquired and existing assets and will begin the process of expanding its chosen commitment when it re-determines its expected borrowing base in the fall, which ‘she plans to complete in November 2021.
October production on assets is expected to be above 4,500 boe per day (2 streams, ~ 65% oil) and Northern expects average production of over 4,100 boe per day in 2022 (2 streams, ~ 65% petroleum). Northern expects negligible capital expenditures for the assets.
The assets acquired include 65.9 net producing wells. The assets are operated by several operators in the Williston Basin, and Northern owns existing interests in 84% of the drill wells acquired.
The effective date of the transaction is October 1, 2021 and Northern expects to close the transaction within 40 days.
INCREASE IN SHAREHOLDER RETURNS
In light of the large, low-risk cash flows from the acquired properties, management of Northern expects to submit to the Board of Directors a request for a 33.3% increase in the common share dividend for the fourth quarter of 2021, for shareholders of record as of December 31, 2021. This expected dividend increase of $ 0.06 per common share represents a 100% increase since the launch of a dividend program in May 2021. Under Delaware law , the Board of Directors may approve such a measure within 60 days of the date of registration.
“We remain consistent with our strategy,” commented Nick O’Grady, CEO of Northern. “The emphasis continues to be on the natural consolidation of vested interests and execution with financial discipline, focusing on cost of entry, return on capital employed and net cash flow to our shareholders. Despite the purchase of the assets in cash, we still expect a leverage ratio of 1 time by the end of 2022. With the expected dividend increase, we will have doubled our shareholder return program in less than five months since its creation.
“This is our third major transaction this year in so many basins,” commented Adam Dirlam, COO of Northern. “Our team’s ability to actively pivot has provided a consistent option to seek out value improvement opportunities in the most prolific basins in the United States. ”
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is legal counsel to Northern.
ABOUT NORTHERN OIL AND GAS
Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is a company whose primary strategy is to invest in undeveloped minority mining and mining interests in oil and gas properties, with a primary focus on major basins in the United States. More information about Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. can be found at www.northernoil.com.
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