The GORR has a 1.5% royalty rate until cumulative royalty revenue received by Source Rock equals the Purchase Price, at which time the royalty rate reduces to 1.0%.
Rubellite Energy Inc. (“Rubellite”) (TSX: RBY) is the operator of the GORR Lands. The GORR Lands comprise a portion of Rubellite’s lands in the Figure Lake area and certain adjacent acreage. Production from the GORR Lands is entirely from the Clearwater formation and would have generated 43 bbl/d of heavy oil royalty production in October 2023. The GORR Lands are 80% undeveloped and there were 36 horizontal wells contributing to production in October. Rubellite has been actively drilling the GORR Lands during Q4 2023.
Material Drill Commitment
Source Rock has received a drill commitment for 59 additional horizontal wells (each a “Drill Commitment Well”) to be drilled on the GORR Lands prior to June 30, 2026 (the “Drill Commitment Deadline”). Source Rock is entitled to non-performance damages for each Drill Commitment Well not drilled before the Drill Commitment Deadline. The Drill Commitment Deadline is subject to specific extension provisions if the NYMEX West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures contract price declines materially for extended periods.
ATB Capital Markets Inc. acted as financial advisor, Dentons Canada LLP acted as counsel
and Trimble Energy Group acted as technical advisor to Source Rock on the transaction
We are very excited to partner with Rubellite to acquire our first royalty in the central Alberta Clearwater fairway. As a light oil focused royalty company for the 11-year history of Source Rock, this transaction represents entry into a new core area and our first heavy oil royalty transaction. With the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion expected to become operational near-term, which we believe will reduce volatility and decrease the differential in the pricing of Western Canadian Select oil, this is an opportune time to obtain exposure to heavy oil production. This acquisition strengthens our oil royalty portfolio and complements ongoing efforts to grow our light oil royalty lands in areas such as S.E. Saskatchewan, where we have been focused for several years.
This acquisition not only increases Source Rock’s existing royalty production, but also expands our exposure to ongoing drilling activity through a material commitment by Rubellite on its core Figure Lake lands.
We have now deployed $16.4 million on four oil royalty acquisitions in Alberta and S.E. Saskatchewan since November 2022. Following this transaction, our working capital is approximately $1.4 million ($0.03 per share).
Brad Docherty, President & CEO
About Source Rock Royalties Ltd.
Source Rock is a pure-play oil and gas royalty company with an existing portfolio of oil royalty interests concentrated in southeast Saskatchewan, central Alberta and west-central Saskatchewan. Source Rock targets a balanced growth and yield business model, using funds from operations to pursue accretive royalty acquisitions and to pay dividends. By leveraging its niche industry relationships, Source Rock identifies and acquires both existing royalty interests and newly created royalties through collaboration with industry partners. Source Rock’s strategy is premised on maintaining a low-cost corporate structure and achieving a sustainable and scalable business, measured by growing funds from operations per share and maintaining a strong netback on its royalty production.
This news release includes forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “is expected”, “expects”, “scheduled”, “intends”, “contemplates”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “proposes” or variations (including negative and grammatical variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements in this news release include statements regarding Source Rock’s dividend strategy and the amount and timing of future dividends (and the sustainability thereof), the potential for future drilling on Source Rock’s royalty lands (and in particular the Drill Commitment Wells being drilled prior to the Drill Commitment Deadline, if at all), expectations for results from the drilling on Source Rock’s royalty lands, expectations regarding commodity prices, expectations regarding the timing of completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and its effect on the volatility and differential of Western Canadian Select oil pricing, expectations regarding future operational expenses, Source Rock’s growth strategy and expectations with respect to future royalty acquisition and partnership opportunities, and the ability to complete such acquisitions and establish such partnerships. Such statements and information are based on the current expectations of Source Rock’s management and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Although Source Rock’s management believes that the assumptions underlying these statements and information are reasonable, they may prove to be incorrect. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this news release may not occur by certain dates or at all and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Source Rock. Although Source Rock has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended. No forward-looking statement or information can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements and information speak only as of the date on which they are made and Source Rock undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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SOURCE Source Rock Royalties Ltd.
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