Bellatrix Announces It Has Entered Into A $200 Million Strategic Joint Venture Partnership And A $52.5 Million Asset Disposition With Daewoo International Corporation And Devonian Natural Resources Private Equity Fund.
TSX, NYSE MKT: BXECALGARY, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. ("Bellatrix" or the "Company") (TSX, NYSE MKT: BXE) is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement for an asset sale (the "Asset Sale") and joint venture (the "Joint Venture") with Daewoo International Corporation ("Daewoo") and Devonian Natural Resources Private Equity Fund ("Devonian"). Under the terms of the associated agreements, Bellatrix will sell, effective July 1, 2013, to Devonian and Daewoo jointly 50% of the Company's working interest share of its producing assets, an operated compressor station and gathering system and related land acreage in the Baptiste area of West Central Alberta (the "Sold Assets") for gross consideration of $52.5 million, subject to closing adjustments. The Sold Assets are producing approximately 268 boe/d (67% gas and 33% oil and liquids) net to the Sold Assets and include 3,858 net acres of Cardium rights and 1,119 net acres of Mannville rights. The Joint Venture which will be effective as of July 1, 2013 will encompass a multiyear commitment to jointly develop the aforementioned acreage in Ferrier and Willesden Green of West Central Alberta encompassing 70 gross wells with anticipated total capital expenditures to the Joint Venture of approximately $200 million. Certain conditions precedent to closing, including Korean governmental and regulatory approvals, are expected to be satisfied or waived by August 30, 2013 which is expected to enable closing to occur on or before September 16, 2013. Upon closing Bellatrix plans to increase its previously announced net capital expenditure plan for 2013 to approximately $235 million, and will utilize the net proceeds from the disposition to reduce the Company's indebtedness, and ultimately will direct it to the continued development of its Cardium and Mannville asset base. Bellatrix continues to focus on growth by development of its core Cardium and Notikewin/ Falher assets utilizing its large inventory of geological prospects. The Company has developed an inventory of 692 net remaining Cardium locations and 401 net Notikewin/ Falher locations as of January 1, 2013 representing net remaining capital requirements of $4.34 billion based on current costs. Based on the drilling commitment in the Joint Venture, the Joint Venture represents approximately 4.5% of the aforementioned inventory. As at June 30, 2013, Bellatrix has approximately 201,891 net undeveloped acres of land in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and including all opportunities has approximately 1,700 net exploitation drilling opportunities identified, with capital requirements of $8.22 billion based on current costs representing over 40 years of drilling inventory based on current annual cash flow. The Company continues to focus on adding Cardium and Notikewin/ Falher prospective lands. The Company's updated corporate presentation is available at www.bellatrixexploration.com. Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. is a Western Canadian based growth oriented oil and gas company engaged in the exploration for, and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Common shares and convertible debentures of Bellatrix trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the symbols BXE and BXE.DB.A, respectively and the common shares of Bellatrix trade on the NYSE MKT under the symbol BXE. All amounts in this press release are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise identified.