SM Energy (SM) reported that it has signed an agreement to sell a 12.5% working interest in the company’s non operated position in the Eagle Ford Shale to Mitsui & Co., Ltd. for $680 million.
SM Energy said that the $680 million will be paid to the company through a drilling carry where Mitsui & Co., Ltd. will pay 90% of its future drilling and completion costs in the Eagle Ford Shale. The company will also be reimbursed between $20 million and $40 million for the purchaser’s share of capital expenditures from 3/1/2011 and the closing date.
After the deal closes, SM Energy will have 46,000 net non operated acres in the Eagle Ford Shale. The company reported average daily production of 43.5 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalents from its non operated leasehold as of 3/31/2011. This production was 42% oil, 36% natural gas and 22% natural gas liquids. Proved reserves totaled 52 billion cubic feet of natural gas liquids.