CALGARY, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - ProspEx Resources Ltd. ("ProspEx" or the "Company") is pleased to announce a decision by its board of directors (the "Board") to enter into a review of strategic alternatives, and to announce its entry into the Montney play in northeastern British Columbia.
REVIEW OF STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES
After a thorough review of the Company's current share price, reserves, production, and operations, the Board has concluded that ProspEx trades at a substantial discount to the net asset value of its underlying assets. Accordingly, the Board has decided to initiate a process to identify, examine and consider a range of strategic alternatives available to the Company with a view to enhancing shareholder value. Such strategic alternatives may include, among other alternatives: a sale of a material portion of the assets of the Company; a sale of the Company, either in one transaction or in a combination of transactions; a merger or other business combination; or a farm-in, farm-out or acquisition. Notwithstanding that due consideration will be given to all alternatives, the Board believes that a sale of one or a combination of assets is most likely to best enhance shareholder value. There can be no assurance that the process will result in a transaction of any form.
The process of reviewing strategic alternatives will be overseen by a special committee comprised of the independent directors of the Board. This special committee has a mandate to solicit, review and consider strategic alternatives and to consider and recommend to the Board whether any proposed transactions are in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.
In connection with this mandate, the Company has retained Cormark Securities Inc. as its financial advisor to assist the independent committee.
The Company has not set a definitive schedule to complete its evaluation and, notwithstanding the above, no decision on any particular alternative has been reached at this time. ProspEx does not intend to make any further announcements regarding the process unless and until the Board has approved a specific transaction or other course of action or otherwise deems disclosure of developments is appropriate.
NORTHEASTERN BC MONTNEY PROJECT
ProspEx has assembled a largely contiguous, 25,000 acre (36 section), 100% working interest land position in the Montney play in the Birch area of northeastern British Columbia. This Montney position has been accumulated through a combination of Crown land sales, and a farm-in arrangement with a large E&P company.
The Birch lands are located east of the successful Montney development in the Town area, in an area interpreted to have a localized thickening of the Upper Montney, resulting in Upper Montney net pays close to those interpreted at Town. ProspEx has conducted a preliminary evaluation of the lands by recompleting and testing an existing vertical wellbore and has determined that the Upper Montney is overpressured in the area. Analysis of the gas produced from the recompleted well indicates a relatively high liquids content estimated at 30 barrels per million cubic feet ("mmcf").
A horizontal well was recently drilled and completed in a stratigraphically thinner Upper Montney section northeast of ProspEx's lands by an industry competitor. Data submitted to the provincial regulatory authority by the operator indicate that this well was completed with 7 fracture stimulations of 100 tonnes each, using a foam based fracturing fluid. Following the fracture stimulation, the well was tested for 66 hours with a final rate of 5.1 mmcf per day at a flowing pressure of 450 pounds per square inch. Reservoir pressure surveys indicate that the ProspEx lands have a reservoir pressure substantially greater than encountered on the competitor's lands. This information may be relevant as a potential indicator of the productivity of the ProspEx lands.
ProspEx is planning to drill a horizontal well in the Upper Montney in the first quarter of 2011. Given that the well offsetting the ProspEx lands has a reservoir pressure substantially lower than observed on the Company's lands, and is interpreted to have a thinner Upper Montney section, and allowing for ongoing advancements in fracturing techniques, ProspEx believes that a higher test rate may be achievable (relative to the offsetting horizontal well) on its acreage.
The Company has further increased the depth of its prospect inventory with the entry into the Montney play. The Montney lands, although early in their evolution, offer exposure to a resource play opportunity and the potential for a significant drilling inventory of up to 200 locations, based on the Company's current view of the optimal development of the Upper Montney in the area.
ProspEx is a Calgary based junior oil and gas company focused on exploration for natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
Certain information contained in this press release constitutes forward-looking information or statements including, without limitation, information and statements respecting: the Company's plan to review strategic alternatives, anticipated capital programs and expenditures, expected drilling and anticipated results from such drilling.
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SOURCE ProspEx Resources Ltd.
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