Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC (“Chisholm”) of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Gastar Exploration LLC (“Gastar”) of Houston, Texas announced today that they have entered into definitive agreements to effect a merger between the two companies. The combined company, which will operate under the name Chisholm Oil and Gas and be headquartered in Tulsa, will have net production of approximately 20,000 Boe per day and a combined acreage position of approximately 165,000 net acres, primarily in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.
Chisholm is currently running three rigs and has a dedicated frac crew. The parties believe that the Gastar assets will be highly synergistic to their upstream operations as well as to Chisholm’s ownership stake in Great Salt Plains Midstream Holdings, LLC and its wholly-owned saltwater disposal subsidiary, Cottonmouth SWD, LLC.
The transaction is expected to close in the 3rd quarter of 2019, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
Chisholm was formed in 2017 with backing from funds managed by certain affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO) and management. Gastar is owned through private equity funds affiliated with Ares Management Corporation (ARES).
Chisholm was advised by Citigroup Inc., as financial advisor, and Vinson & Elkins LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, as legal advisors. Evercore and Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. provided financial advisory services to Gastar in connection with the transaction, and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisor to Gastar.
About Chisholm Oil and Gas, LLC
Chisholm is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based exploration and production company focused on acquiring and developing oil and gas assets throughout the STACK play in Blaine, Canadian, Kingfisher, Logan and Major Counties, Oklahoma.
About Gastar Exploration LLC
Gastar is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil, condensate, natural gas and natural gas liquids in the United States. Specifically, Gastar is focused on the exploration and development of its Mid-Continent assets in the STACK Play in Oklahoma, which includes the Hunton Limestone, Meramec Shale/Mississippi Lime, Woodford Shale, and Osage and Oswego formations.