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  • avi.morax avi.morax Dec 23, 2011 10:45 AM Flag

    What did Aspen Exploration pay?

    Aspen Exploration Corp. ( now called Enservco Corp. ) used to have a working interest in 33 oil and gas wells located in the Williston Basin in Roosevelt Co. Montana. Does this sound familiar? ( from an Aspen Exploration Corp. SEC filing ):
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    ----- "In February 2007, we ( Aspen ) purchased from Nautilus Poplar, LLC, a non-operating working interest in certain oil producing assets encompassing 22,600 acres in the East Poplar Unit and the Northwest Poplar Field in Roosevelt County, Montana located in the Williston Basin. These properties contain a total of 33 producing oil wells, and 7 salt-water disposal wells. Current production is 230 gross BOPD from the Charles “B” reservoir. Our interest in revenues from the Poplar Field will remain at 12.5% of the total interest acquired by Nautilus (about a 10% net revenue interest based on an average 80% NRI) until Aspen receives a return of 110% of its investment. Thereafter, Aspen’s interest will be reduced to 10% of that acquired by Nautilus (approximately an 8.0% net revenue interest to Aspen). The crude oil is 40o API sweet and is readily marketed at the lease boundary. All produced water is disposed within the Unit boundary.

    We believe that the acquisition has provided us with diversification into long-lived oil reserves. There is also upside reserve potential via increased water disposal capacity, re-activation of old wells, water shut off techniques, behind-pipe potential in the Charles A, B, & C, and drilling potential in the Mission Canyon and Nisku. This acquisition also provides ownership in 3-D seismic data over 22,600 acres. We do not expect to realize any material revenue from this acquisition for the first two years.

    Aspen will pay 12.5% of the costs for a 10% working interest in the project. During the first year, Aspen will also receive 12.5% of the net revenues (after deduction for royalties, taxes, operating expenses, etc.) until 110% payout, at which time Aspen’s working interest reverts to 10%. After the first year, even if 110% payout has not occurred, Aspen will only pay 10% of the costs and receive 12.5% of the net revenues until 110% payout. After 110% payout, Aspen will have a 10% working interest and receive 10% of the net revenues.

    The initial cost to Aspen for its 12.5% before payout working interest (including its share of the acquisition costs) was approximately $1,450,000, which is approximately $1,075,000 after deduction of $375,000 (12.5% of the $3,000,000 loan proceeds obtained by Nautilus in connection with the purchase), with an additional $400,000 of anticipated capital expenditures during the first year. Aspen funded its participation in this project with a combination of bank debt of $600,000, cash on hand, and the sale of approximately 100,000 shares of UR Energy stock (which yielded about $330,000). Closing of this acquisition occurred on February 13, 2007..." -----

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