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On December 13, 2016, Brigham Resources Operating, LLC and Brigham Resources Midstream, LLC (collectively “Brigham Resources”) entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ “FANG”) for the sale of substantially all of its southern Delaware Basin assets for $2.43 billion. Execution of the PSA comes roughly 3 ½ years after receiving private equity commitments totaling $1 billion, with the initial commitment closing in April 2013. The sale to Diamondback is expected to close on February 27, 2017, and includes the following: 76,319 net leasehold acres in Pecos and Reeves counties; 48 Brigham drilled horizontal producing wells accounting for the bulk of its southern Delaware Basin production, which in November averaged 9,482 BOEPD, 77% oil; 150 miles of natural gas and water gathering and water recycling infrastructure supporting its producing wells; and 5,000 net mineral acres, assuming a 23% royalty, underlying Brigham Resources operated leasehold acres or where its ownership will give Diamondback the right to operate.
Brigham Resources CEO Gene Shepherd commented, “Our exceptional management team and staff, with strong financial support provided by our private equity sponsors Warburg Pincus, Pine Brook and Yorktown, delivered outstanding returns for our shareholders in identifying, capturing and initiating development of a large and highly economic inventory of horizontal drilling locations across the multiple objectives in the Permian Basin in Pecos and Reeves counties, Texas.”
Brigham Minerals President Rob Roosa added, “The minerals to be sold to Diamondback will be contributed to Brigham Resources from Brigham Minerals, LLC (“Brigham Minerals”), and represents only a small portion of the portfolio that has assembled over the past 3 ½ years, which post-divestiture includes 31,000 net mineral acres in the Permian Basin, SCOOP/STACK, the DJ Basin and the Williston Basin. Brigham Minerals is continuing to actively evaluate and acquire minerals, and has capacity to enter into and rapidly close transactions of significant scale.”