EXCO Resources Could Be Sitting In The Buda Sweet Spot
Dec 6 2013, 15:59 | 2 comments | about: XCO, includes: CHK, ENCP, MCF
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EXCO Resources (XCO) recently acquired 55,000 net acres and farm in rights for an additional 147,000 net acres from Chesapeake Energy (CHK) in the Eagle Ford. The deal includes a complex partnership with Kohlberg, Kravis, & Roberts. The market doesn't seem to like the deal and has sold off EXCO Resources stock, causing the company to accept the CEO's resignation. EXCO Resources has a current market cap of $1.1 billion.
But unbeknown to most, EXCO Resources could be sitting in the heart of the Buda sweet spot, as detailed in the article Contango Is Sitting On A Buda Oil Bonanza In South Texas. The Buda sits below the Eagle Ford and requires natural fractures to make commercial oil wells. These fractures occur near fault lines, and a large fault line called the Zavala Syncline runs along the Dimmit side of the Zavala and Dimmit border. Because the wells do not need expensive fracture stimulation jobs, they cost less than $4 million to drill and complete.
"A significant portion of the acreage EXCO acquired from Chesapeake is due west of Contango. They now own thousands of net acres and farm in rights to thousands of more acres due west of the Booth-Tortuga lease and right along the fault line."
Seems we'd need to verify this before getting too excited. Miller mentioned something about the Buda on the last call, but if I recall correctly the comment was a reference to being interested in purchasing there, not that they had acreage.
The author has nailed this Buda story from the beginning. Go back and read all his articles on it via the links in the story. His largest holding is USEG and he says that's by far the most levered way to play the Buda. The well results that are coming in are confirming this. Just check out the USEG message board.