DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) (“Matador” or the “Company”), an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas shale and other unconventional plays and with a current focus on its Permian (Delaware) Basin operations in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas, today closed the previously announced sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary that owns certain natural gas gathering and processing assets in the Delaware Basin in Loving County, Texas (the “Loving County System”), to a subsidiary of EnLink Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ENLK) (“EnLink”). The Loving County System includes a cryogenic natural gas processing plant with approximately 35 million cubic feet per day of inlet capacity (the “Processing Plant”) and approximately six miles of high-pressure gathering pipeline which connects a Matador-owned gathering system to the Processing Plant.
Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, a subsidiary of EnLink paid Matador consideration of approximately $143 million excluding customary purchase price adjustments. In conjunction with the sale of the Loving County System, Matador is dedicating its current leasehold interests in Loving County pursuant to a 15-year, fixed-fee gathering and processing agreement and providing a volume commitment in exchange for priority one service. Matador can, at its option, dedicate any future leasehold acquisitions in Loving County to a subsidiary of EnLink. In addition, Matador is retaining its natural gas gathering system up to a central delivery point and its other midstream assets in the area, including oil and water gathering systems and salt water disposal wells.
With the closing of the transaction, Matador has a net debt to trailing 12-month Adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 1.0x and has over $500 million in liquidity including nothing drawn against its revolving credit facility borrowing base of $375 million. Thus, the Company has ample liquidity and cash flow to execute its capital plans in 2015 and 2016 and to consider other opportunities in its various operating areas that may enhance Matador’s asset base.
About Matador Resources Company
Matador is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas resources in the United States, with an emphasis on oil and natural gas shale and other unconventional plays. Its current operations are focused primarily on the oil and liquids-rich portion of the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring plays in the Permian (Delaware) Basin in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas. Matador also operates in the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas and the Haynesville shale and Cotton Valley plays in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
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