Oct 13 Oil producer RSP Permian Inc
said it would buy oil and gas company Silver Hill Energy
Partners for about $2.4 billion to expand its assets in the
Permian Basin in Texas.
RSP Permian is the latest company to bulk up in the Permian
Basin, widely seen as the cheapest place to develop onshore
fields in the United States.
Thursday's deal adds to more than $12 billion in
transactions this year in the Permian Basin.
RSP Permian, with a majority of its acreage located in the
core of the Midland Basin within the Permian Basin, said Silver
Hill was based in the oil-weighted area of the Delaware Basin.
Reuters reported in August that Silver Hill was up for sale.
RSP Permian said on Thursday that it would pay $1.25 billion
in cash and 31 million in shares for Silver Hill, owned by
private equity firms Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP and
Ridgemont Equity Partners.
RSP also said the purchase would be funded by an offering of
20 million shares.
Silver Hill Energy Partners comprises two entities, Silver
Hill Energy Partners LLC and Silver Hill E&P II LLC. Their
current net production is 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per
The deal for Silver Hill Energy Partners LLC is expected to
close in November and the other entity in March.
RSP also increased its average daily production forecast in
2016 to 28,500-29,500 boe/d from 26,500-28,500 boe/d, largely
attributing this to its existing wells' performance.
The short period of the newly acquired production would not
meaningfully impact the forecast, the company said.
RBC Capital Markets is the lead M&A adviser to RSP and
Barclays Capital the co-adviser. Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. served
as legal counsel to RSP.
Jefferies LLC advised Silver Hill while Thompson & Knight
LLP and DLA Piper LLP served as legal counsel.
RSP's shares were down 4.8 percent at $39.73 in extended
(Reporting by Vishaka George in Bengaluru; Editing by Don