DENVER & PERTH, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samson Oil & Gas Limited (ASX: SSN; NYSE MKT: SSN):
Samson and Mutual of Omaha Bank have agreed to extend both the Term Loan and the Reserve Based facility until October 2018. This agreement remains subject to receipt and review of documentation by Samson and Mutual of Omaha Bank. The previous maturity date was October 31, 2017.
The $4 million term loan was entered into on May 5, 2017 and replaced the Vendor note that was part of the Foreman Butte Transaction. The interest rate on the term loan is 6.75%, being the prime rate plus 2.5%.
The Reserve Based facility is drawn to $19.45 million, has a borrowing base of $20 million, and an interest rate of 5.25%, being the prime rate plus 1%.
Proved Undeveloped Drilling Program
The extension of debt maturity is an important commercial development, because it allows Samson to now take the opportunity to develop the considerable undeveloped value associated with the Foreman Butte project. Since taking over operatorship of the project in June 2016, Samson has quadrupled the developed production rate and has finalized an engineering design to drill the infill development wells, particularly in the Home Run Field. Samson’s March 2017 reserve estimated $46.6 million of Proved Undeveloped reserve value, which despite the relatively low oil price remains economically attractive, due to the planned drilling design, which drills the infill wells from the existing production wells bores. This capital efficient design ($375,000 per lateral) can be achieved as the existing wells are cased to the producing reservoir and the balance of the horizontal well is uncased (an “open-hole” completion). Each of selected existing wells will see two new laterals drilled to access the undeveloped reserve.
Samson’s technical studies, which have been used to develop an expected production curve from these new laterals, have included a rigorous 3D numerical simulation and a field wide fluid level study to establish a current reservoir pressure. These studies recognize that the historical production has lowered the reservoir pressure; however, the studies have indicated that the current reservoir pressure is sufficient to sustain an economical production rate from the infill wells.
Samson has permit approvals for two laterals from the Maris well and has four permit applications associated with the Hodges and Gonzales wells. We are currently sourcing a suitable drilling rig and expect that the first two of these development laterals will be drilled later this summer.