A Contango Fandango?

A Contango Fandango?

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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Panhandle Gets its Groove On

Panhandle Gets its Groove On

As the sun rose on 2020, Okla. City-based Panhandle Oil and Gas officially retired its business model as a working-interest owner in the properties it held to a minerals-only manager. No longer would the company participate in drilling new wells. Instead, with a fresh CEO at the wheel, Panhandle looked to add more producing mineral assets with active drilling programs to its portfolio. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Panhandle, which has now closed on two acquisitions from Okla., neighbor Red Stone Resources—one in the SCOOP, and the second in the Haynesville marking the company’s debut there. The purchase price of $6.4 million in cash and $0.5 million in Panhandle stock buys a total 795 net acres with a combined net production of 1.1 MMCFD of which 93% is natural gas. With this year’s first acquisition under its belt, Panhandle—literally hours later—announced a name change to PHX Minerals. The company owns about 258,000 net mineral acres in Okla., N.D., Texas, N.M., and Ark., of which 71% is unleased and undeveloped.

Panhandle Minerals

Oklahoma City-based, PHX Minerals Inc. (NYSE: PHX) is an oil and natural gas mineral company with a strategy to proactively grow its minerals position in our core areas of focus. PHX owns approximately 253,000 net mineral acres principally located in Oklahoma, North Dakota, Texas, New Mexico and Arkansas. Approximately 71% of this mineral count is unleased and undeveloped.

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Midstreamers Announce Open Seasons

Midstreamers Announce Open Seasons

Dallas-based Navigator Energy has launched a binding open season for expansion of the company’s planned Borger Express Pipeline, which will extend from the Cushing Hub to Borger, Texas. The system will include an existing 180-mile crude oil pipeline and 200 miles of new pipe that will stretch from Cleo Springs, Okla., to Borger. Upon completion in early 2022, the Borger Express will be capable of transporting 90,000 BPD of five neat grades of crude oil and condensate bound for third-party storage facilities and a refinery in Borger. The call for shipper commitments runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 5. Turning to the West, Dallas-based Holly Energy has announced a binding open season to expand crude oil capacity to 56,000 BPD on its 289-mile Frontier Aspen Pipeline. The Frontier Aspen, which runs from Casper, Wyo., to Frontier Station, Utah, connects to the company’s SLC Pipeline that ultimately delivers crude to Salt Lake City refiners. Commercial service is expected in 3Q 2021. Open season extends from Oct. 1 – Oct. 22.

Navigator Energy

Navigator Energy Services is a growth-oriented, independent midstream company focused on developing and delivering midstream infrastructure solutions for America’s energy producers. The company’s sole focus is to provide its customers with comprehensive midstream solutions that maximize both operational flexibility and the value of their hydrocarbons.

www.nesmidstream.com

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Executive Profile: George Kaiser, Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.

Executive Profile: George Kaiser, Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.

“In the charitable world as in the business world, opportunities should drive budgets, not the other way around.”

In one succinct quote, George Kaiser offers up every puzzle piece needed to understand the man and his philosophies on money, business, and philanthropy. All are inextricably linked. He’s an invisible billionaire of sorts, who swats away any ranking of himself as one of the wealthiest in the world like frivolous, disposable news. If you don’t live in his beloved birthplace of Tulsa, Okla., you may never have heard his name—and that suits Kaiser perfectly fine.

Kaiser Francis Oil Co.

Kaiser-Francis Oil Company is a Tulsa-based oil and gas exploration and production company.

www.kfoc.net

Fiercely private, Kaiser shuns publicity, never attends society functions, and hardly ever grants interviews. He doesn’t own big-bucks toys like vacation homes, exotic cars, airplanes or yachts. He wears a cheap watch and always flies coach. Kaiser’s passions instead lie equally in his businesses and charitable investments. He commits half his 70-hour work week to each, so the first can finance the other.

George Kaiser quietly owns empires in oil and gas, banking, and private equity. His father, an attorney, fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and ultimately landed in Tulsa where the family finally settled in 1940. George was born two years later. He went on to earn a Harvard MBA then joined his father and uncle at their small E&P known as Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. When his father passed in 1969, Kaiser bought out his uncle and over a short time grew Kaiser-Francis into one of the most successful upstream operators in the nation. The company currently operates in Okla., Texas, N.M., Wyo., N.D., and La.

Following the rapid growth of his oil and gas company, Kaiser in 1991 acquired Bank of Oklahoma for $60 million and a 60% ownership, launching his personal wealth into the stratosphere. He created Argonaut Private Equity in 2002, which today manages billion-dollar investments in 19 companies including those energy related. He’s also a tireless champion for education and recovery among the city’s impoverished and marginalized.

But Kaiser doesn’t believe in check-writing handouts. Through his George Kaiser Family Foundation, the now 78-year-old develops and finances ground-breaking programs and initiatives that merge every requirement to deliver meaningful results. He, along with other private investors, built the 100-acre Gathering Place in 2014—now a Tulsa icon intended to unite every socioeconomic group at a learning park uniquely created for everyone. Kaiser has invested more than $10 billion in Tulsa and its citizens, putting him third behind Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates as the largest American philanthropists. But there’s that annoying ranking again.

Several years ago Warren Buffett famously quipped to Forbes, “I’d fight for the opportunity to be president of the George Kaiser fan club.”  Somehow, we don’t think he’s alone.

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