W&T Offshore to increase oil and gas production with $72 million U.S. Gulf of Mexico acquisitions

January 22, 2024

(WO) – W&T Offshore, Inc. has completed the accretive acquisition of six fields in shallow waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. W&T was the successful bidder for certain synergistic assets in the Gulf of Mexico offered by MLCJR LLC, Cox Oil Offshore, L.L.C., Cox Operating, L.L.C., Energy XXI GOM, LLC, Energy XXI Gulf Coast, LLC, EPL Oil & Gas, LLC and M21K, LLC. The final purchase price for the assets was $72 million.

Source: W&T Offshore

The six fields acquired include Eugene Island 064, Main Pass 061, Mobile 904, Mobile 916, South Pass 049 and West Delta 073, all of which include a 100% working interest and an average 82% net revenue interest. They are located in water depths ranging between approximately 15 and 400 feet. Their proximity to W&T’s areas of existing operations provide the ability for W&T to capture synergies.

Recent estimated production for the fields has ranged from approximately 3,700 to 5,700 boed (around 68% liquids) during the period month-to-date January 19, 2024. W&T plans to implement a series of workovers, recompletions and general maintenance work that the Company expects will increase total production from the fields.

As a result of this additional accretive acquisition, W&T plans to invest additional funds for increasing production and reducing costs in these assets long term. The company now plans to defer the drilling of Holy Grail, which is a proven undeveloped well in the Magnolia field.

The company will be exploring a Drilling Joint Venture, similar to what it did with investors in 2018 through Monza Energy LLC, that may include certain of the company’s 100% owned and operated deepwater wells, including Holy Grail (approximately 3,900 feet of water), Thunderbolt (approximately 500 feet of water), Zeus (approximately 500 feet of water) and Redbolt (approximately 500 feet of water).

Additionally, the company plans to drill at least one shelf exploratory well in the Drilling Joint Venture..

W&T Offshore, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas producer with operations offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and has grown through acquisitions, exploration and development. As of September 30, 2023, the company had working interests in 54 fields in federal and state waters (which include 45 fields in federal waters and nine in state waters).

The company has approximately 602,100 gross acres (446,800 net acres) spanning across the outer continental shelf off the coasts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, with approximately 440,600 gross acres on the conventional shelf, approximately 153,500 gross acres in the deepwater and 8,000 gross acres in Alabama onshore. A majority of the company’s daily production is derived from wells it operates.

Tracy W. Krohn, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “These assets have attractive production rates, are generating positive free cash flow, and have a solid base of proved developed reserves and identified upside potential with strong 2P reserves. We plan to increase production in the near-term with capital-efficient, low-cost workover, recompletion and maintenance projects. We expect to realize synergies on these new assets due to their close proximity to our existing fields, which can reduce operating costs and further increase free cash flow.”

“Combined with our acquisition last fall, we have added almost 22 MMboe of proved reserves for about $104 million, or around $4.75 per boe, which we believe is a very attractive price for properties with significant upside. We plan to continue to utilize our strong balance sheet and expertise in acquiring complementary GOM assets to further enhance the scale of W&T.”

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