Press Release From Offshore Engineer Magazine: Talos Acquires Castex Energy 2005’s Gulf of Mexico Assets

June 22, 2020 – The Gulf of Mexico-focused oil company Talos Energy has acquired assets from affiliates of Castex Energy 2005.

Talos said Monday that the acquired assets consisted of 16 properties in which Talos currently holds a working interest, all located in its U.S. Gulf of Mexico Shelf core area.

Castex Energy 2005 emerged from bankruptcy in 2018 and is controlled by prior first lien lenders.

Illustration only: Gulf of Mexico platforms - Credit: Scott Bufkin

According to Talos, as of April 1, 2020, and based on an early June 2020 strip price case, the acquired assets had proved reserves of approximately 17.6 MMBoe, with over 66% classified as proved developed reserves.

“The acquisition includes operatorship of 11 fields in which working interest was previously acquired in the Company’s acquisitions closed in February 2020, consolidating interests and providing Talos with greater operational control over future drilling, asset management, maintenance and abandonment activities,” Talos Energy said.

For the year-to-date period ended May 31, 2020, the Acquired Assets had an average daily production of approximately 6.4 MBoe/d, comprised of approximately 15% oil and 85% natural gas.

Talos said the purchase price of $65 million would be paid through the issuance of around 4.95 million Talos Energy common shares at closing and $6.5 million of cash. The effective date of the transaction is April 1, 2020, with closing expected to occur in the third quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing purchase price adjustments.

Further, Talos Energy on Monday said that its borrowing base has been confirmed at $985 million following its semi-annual redetermination process.

“Effective immediately, the borrowing base under the Company’s reserves-based lending facility has been revised to $985 million. The revised borrowing base represents an approximate 14% reduction from the Company’s prior borrowing base of $1,150 million. Pro forma for the redetermination, as of May 31, 2020, Talos had approximately $121 million of cash on hand and $650 million drawn of the $985 million borrowing base under its credit facility,” the company said.

President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Duncan commented: “We are very pleased with the continuing strong support we’ve received from our bank group considering the historic dislocation in our industry in recent months. As we look forward to the second half of 2020, we’re highly confident in the financial strength of the Company and believe we are well-positioned for continued growth.”

Duncan continued: “The bolt-on acquisition includes additional ownership in an attractive set of positive cash-flowing assets in which we already have interests, and securing operatorship for the majority of these assets also provides us with greater control moving forward. This tactical deal with a compelling valuation highlights the importance of continuing to remain opportunistic and commercial in the current environment. The ability to utilize our equity as a consideration in this transaction and the previously announced Second Lien Notes exchange transaction demonstrates both our focus on executing value accretive transactions for our shareholders as well as our commitment to protecting our strong credit profile, both of which better position us to continue to evaluate further opportunities.”

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