Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. (the "Company" or "Black Ridge") (OTCQB: ANFC) announced that the Company has signed a definitive agreement with Merced Capital ("Merced") to form an entity that will acquire and develop Williston Basin non-operated oil and gas assets. The joint venture will be funded by Merced with an initial investment target of $50 Million. Investments will be subject to Merced approval, and will be managed by Black Ridge.
Ken DeCubellis, Black Ridge's CEO, commented, "The partnership with Merced provides Black Ridge the opportunity to participate in the acquisition and development of additional assets at attractive valuations, with the potential to create significant returns for Black Ridge's shareholders without dilution."
Partnership with Merced
The joint venture assets will be managed by Black Ridge in exchange for a management fee and reimbursement of third party expenses, and after certain investor hurdles are met Black Ridge will receive a share of profits in the venture. Black Ridge will also have the option to co-invest up to 25% on acquisitions and capital expenditures alongside the venture and any such co-investments will reside directly within Black Ridge. Upon the sale of joint venture assets, Black Ridge will also have the option to bid and acquire the assets.
Strategic advantages expected for Black Ridge:
- Provides Black Ridge with the opportunity to participate in high return capital projects without diluting existing shareholders
- Provides Black Ridge the potential to achieve significant equity returns with its share of the joint venture profits and the option to co-invest alongside the joint venture
- Creates a long-term partnership with a private capital provider that is scalable and repeatable
DeCubellis concluded, "The partnership with Merced is a significant milestone for Black Ridge, and that combined with the start-up of the Teton project provides a bright future for our shareholders."