Matador Resources Co. beefed up its Permian portfolio last quarter with additional interests from Advance Energy Partners.

Matador paid approximately $68 million to tack on additional Delaware Basin interests from Advance Energy Partners, the Dallas-based E&P reported in fourth-quarter earnings.

The transaction complemented the acreage interests that Matador picked up through a $1.6 billion acquisition from Advance last year, company executives said during Matador’s Feb. 20 earnings call.

Matador CFO Brian Willey said the fourth-quarter bolt-on was essentially treated as a continuation of the initial Advance transaction last year. The acquisition from private equity backer EnCap Investments LP closed in April 2023.

“They had this interest that they wanted to move out and called us,” said Van Singleton, Matador’s president of land acquisitions, “and we were able to make a deal.”

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Joe Foran, Chairman and CEO, Matador Resources (Source: Hart Energy Live)

Matador Chairman and CEO Joe Foran said the deal primarily centered on mineral and overriding royalty interests that fit well into the E&P’s portfolio. 

The additional Advance interests contributed around 1,000 boe/d of incremental output beyond Matador’s original expectations for the quarter.

The takeout of Advance Energy Partners last year was a big deal for Matador—in fact, it was the company’s biggest to date.

The transaction included 18,500 net acres in Lea County, New Mexico, and Ward County, Texas—near some of Matador’s best acreage within the core of the northern Delaware Basin.

But the Advance deal was one of more than 200 transactions completed by Matador’s land and business development group last year, Foran said.


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Matador Resources has around 152,000 net acres across the Delaware Basin. (Source: Matador investor presentation)

“Some of [the transactions] were very, very small. Some of them were a little larger,” Foran said. “But they’re out there—our land men, in particular—all the time making deals.”

Foran expects to see similar blocking-and-tackling work by Matador’s land acquisition team going forward this year.

“These are small transactions that don’t have that, by themselves, a big material impact,” Foran said. “But in the aggregate, they add up and they make your operations that much more efficient.”

Matador reached a record quarterly production average of 154,300 boe/d in the fourth quarter.

The company expects output to average a record 156,000 boe/d in full-year 2024—an 18% year over year increase from average production of 131,800 boe/d in full-year 2023.


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