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Matador (MTDR) Inks Midstream JV with Five Point Capital

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U.S. onshore player Matador Resources Company MTDR recently entered into a joint venture (JV) with Five Point Capital Partners for the development and expansion of its Delaware Basin midstream assets. Five Point Capital is a private equity firm, which makes investments in the energy infrastructure sector.

The JV has been named San Mateo Midstream, LLC, in which a 51% stake is held by Matador Resources and the remaining 49%, is held by Five Point Capital.

The funding of the JV includes an initial cash consideration of $176.4 million by Five Point Capital and $5.1 million along with midstream assets by Matador. Both companies are also likely to make an additional investment of $150 million for the expansion of the asset base and the midstream operations.

Matador will control the JV and operate the midstream assets. The implied value of the midstream assets along with the gathering and disposal agreements is $500 million.

It is expected that the JV will enhance the value of both the parties involved as Delaware is one of the most promising and economic oil and gas basins in North America. The JV will provide midstream services to Matador as well as cater to the needs of the third party consumers and producers.

Matador has planned to add a fifth operated drilling rig in the Delaware Basin in the second quarter of 2017. The company expects to make all the five drilling rigs in the Delaware Basin operational by 2017.

Zacks Rank and Key Picks

Headquartered in Texas, Matador deals in the acquisition, exploration and development of oil and natural gas with its chief operations in Texas and Louisiana. The company holds acreage positions in west Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Currently, Matador carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Over the last three months, the Zacks categorized U.S. Oil and Gas Exploration & Production industry declined 2.2%. However, shares of Matador registered a growth rate of around 4.5%.

Some of the better-ranked players in the industry include Ultra Petroleum Corp. UPLMQ, W&T Offshore, Inc. WTI and Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. BCEI.

Ultra Petroleum and W&T Offshore sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while Bonanza Creek Energy carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Ultra Petroleum is expected to witness year-over-year growth of 57.66% in revenues in 2017.

W&T Offshore reported a positive earnings surprise in each of the last four quarters, the average being 31.49%.

Bonanza Creek Energy is expected to see year-over-year growth of 50% in earnings in 2017.

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