In its figurative term, “fandango” is a synonym to describe a “brilliant exploit.” For Houston-based Contango Oil and Gas, that may well sum up its rationale to scoop up Tulsa-based Mid-Con Energy in an all stock merger valued at $400 million. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Contango, which will assume ownership of Mid-Con’s assets in Okla., and Wyo., after replacing Mid-Con as the operator of those assets in July. The deal is expected to close by early 2021, and pairs an E&P with a stated goal of “consolidating a sector that is in dire need of it” with another that offers high-value, low-decline oil and gas properties but has financially struggled. Mid-Con issued a “going concern” in August and posted an $11.9 million loss in 2Q. Contango also has reported a private-equity capital raise of $39.7 million from the sale of 26,451,988 shares of common stock to fund the Mid-Con acquisition. The company says it will relocate its headquarters to the DFW area. Contango’s onshore operations include 7,719 net acres primarily in Texas and Okla.


Contango Oil and Gas

Contango Oil & Gas Company is a Houston, Texas based, independent oil and natural gas company whose business is to maximize production and cash flow from its offshore properties in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and onshore properties in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Wyoming and, when determined appropriate, to use that cash flow to explore, develop, and increase production from its existing properties, to acquire additional PDP-heavy crude oil and natural gas properties or to pay down debt.

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