Empire Petroleum (NYSE American: EP) (“Empire” or the “Company”), an oil and gas company with current producing assets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico, today announced that on August 9, 2023, it closed on the acquisition of COERT Holdings 1 LLC’s (“COERT”) interests in Empire’s three New Mexico assets, Eunice Monument South Unit A, Eunice Monument South Unit B, and Arrowhead Grayburg Unit, all of which are located in Lea County (the “Transaction”).
The purchase price for the Transaction was approximately $6.7 million. Consideration for the Transaction included a cash payment of $5.0 million by EEF Acquisition Company, LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Evolution Master Fund, Ltd., which is Empire’s largest shareholder (“EEF”). In exchange for its funding of the Transaction, EEF has been assigned an undivided 90% ownership interest in the COERT assets, with Empire having a three-year option to purchase such interest at $5.0 million.
Mike Morrisett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire, commented, “Since we acquired our New Mexico assets from XTO in May 2021, we have evaluated opportunities to increase our ownership position through the purchase of non-operating interests. We appreciate the support of EEF in the funding of the Transaction with COERT. This structure provides Empire with additional flexibility to accelerate our targeted ongoing and future asset development programs designed to strategically grow the business and build near and long-term value for our shareholders.”
About Empire Petroleum
Empire Petroleum Corporation is a publicly traded, Tulsa-based oil and gas company with current producing assets in Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico. Management is focused on organic growth and targeted acquisitions of proved developed assets with synergies with its existing portfolio of wells. More information about Empire can be found at www.empirepetroleumcorp.com.
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