Northern Oil and Gas will buy W Energy Partners

August 1, 2018 GMT

Northern Oil and Gas will buy an interest in 10,600 net acres in North Dakota’s Williston Basin for $100 million, its largest acquisition.

The Minnetonka-based company announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the oil-producing assets from W Energy Partners, which is owned by the New York-based private-equity outfit Crestview Partners. The deal’s terms also include 56.37 million shares of Northern Oil stock.

The W Energy properties represent about 6,750 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day of production, a figure encompassing both oil and natural gas. The deal will be meaningfully accretive on a cash-flow and earnings basis upon closing, Northern Oil said.

The company also announced Tuesday that its preliminary second-quarter average production will be more than 21,000 BOE, substantially above consensus estimates by stock analysts.

Northern Oil’s stock on Tuesday rose 30 cents or nearly 9 percent, closing at $3.72.


Northern Oil invests in leases and drilling projects in North Dakota.

“The W Energy acquisition will add robust drilling inventory under some of the best acreage in the Williston Basin,” Michael Reger, Northern’s president, said in a news release.

The W Energy deal marks the second acquisition that Northern Oil has unveiled in the past two weeks.

The company also agreed to pay $68.4 million and 25.75 million shares of Northern Oil stock for producing wells owned by Pivotal Petroleum Partners, a unit of Dallas-based Tailwater Capital. Those assets are currently producing over 4,100 BOE per day.

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