NGP Backs Permian Mineral, Royalty Firm with $100MM Investment

NGP funds Wing Resources in the Permian

A Hart Energy Story | Private equity firm NGP continues to partner with Wing Resources in pursuit of mineral and royalty deals in the Permian Basin.

Oklahoma MineralsDallas-based Wing Resources raised $100 million in new equity commitments from NGP for Wing Resources VII LLC, the management team’s seventh partnership with NGP, the companies announced April 20.

NGP invested in Wing Resources VII through NGP Royalty Partners II LP, the firm’s most recent private equity fund aimed at buying mineral and royalty interests.

The Wing Resources team continues to be led by President and CEO Nick Varel, who founded the Permian-focused mineral and royalty acquisition company in 2016.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with NGP to build a premier mineral and royalty acquisition platform focused on delivering superior risk-adjusted returns to its stakeholders,” said Varel. “The Wing VII team believes our mineral and royalty expertise, along with strong equity backing and industry relationships, will enable us to continue creating value in today’s dynamic market environment.”

Wing VII plans to continue to focus its mineral and royalty acquisition strategy focused in the Permian’s Midland and Delaware basins.

Wing Resources Permian Map - receives energy funding from NGP

Like its predecessors, Wing Resources VII is focused on acquiring oil and gas minerals and royalties in the Permian’s Midland and Delaware basins. (Source: Wing Resources)

In 2019, Wing sold oil and gas minerals in the Permian Basin to coal production company Alliance Resource Partners LP for $145 million in cash.

Alliance said it added roughly 9,000 net royalty acres in the Midland Basin through the Wing asset acquisition.

“Nick and the Wing team have built an incredible mineral and royalty franchise with demonstrated results for investors,” said Peter Ray, principal at NGP. “We believe Wing’s highly talented team coupled with its market vision will continue to position the company for long-term success.”

U.S. oil and gas mineral and royalty transactions reached a record $6.8 billion in 2022, according to data from RBC Richardson Barr. That’s nearly double the previous record of $3.5 billion in 2018.

About NGP

NGP is a premier private equity firm that believes energy is essential to progress. Founded in 1988, NGP is moving energy forward by investing in innovation and empowering energy entrepreneurs in natural resources and energy transition. With $20 billion of cumulative equity commitments, we back portfolio companies focused on responsibly solving and securing the energy needs of today and leading the way to a cleaner, more reliable, more affordable energy future.

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