Swift Energy forms JV with Saka Indonesia to develop Fasken Eagle Ford

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Houston-headquartered Swift Energy Company (NYSE: SFY) – an exploration company focused on onshore oil and natural gas reserves in Texas and inland waters of Louisiana – today closed its agreement with PT Saka Energi Indonesia to fully develop its 8,300 acres of Fasken area Eagle Ford shale properties in Webb County, Texas.

PT Saka Energi Indonesia is the upstream oil and gas subsidiary of PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero), Indonesia’s largest natural gas transportation and distribution company, which is listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX).

Swift Energy sold a 36% full participating interest in Swift Energy’s Fasken properties to Saka for $175 million in total cash consideration, with $125 million to be paid at closing. Additional $50 million in cash will be paid by Saka over time to carry a portion of Swift Energy’s field development costs incurred after the January 1, 2014.

At closing, Swift Energy received approximately $147 million, composed of the initial $125 million cash plus Saka’s share of capital costs, net of revenue, since the effective date of the transaction. Capital costs include Saka’s carry of a portion of Swift Energy’s field development costs for that same period. After closing, approximately $38 million remains of Saka’s original $50 million drilling carry obligation, which is expected to be fulfilled during calendar year 2016.

The net proceeds received by Swift Energy in this transaction will be used initially to reduce the amount of borrowings under the Company’s credit facility and ultimately to use a portion of the proceeds to fund accelerated development of its Eagle Ford shale properties.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as financial advisor to Swift Energy in this transaction.

“Both parties have worked diligently towards the conclusion of this transaction, and we look forward to working alongside Saka to optimize this asset’s value through an advanced technology development program,” Terry Swift, CEO of Swift Energy, commented. “This arrangement marks the beginning of a strategic partnership to grow production in the Eagle Ford dry gas window of South Texas.”

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