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PERTH, Australia, July 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Aurora Oil & Gas Limited
(ASX:AUT, TSX:AEF) ("Aurora") is pleased to announce that it has
completed its previously announced (refer 15 May 2012 announcement)
acquisition from a private individual investor of an additional 6%
non-operated working interest in the Sugarloaf Area of Mutual Interest
The acquisition increases Aurora's Sugarkane Field net acreage by
approximately 9% (1,440 net acres) to over 17,800 net acres. The
purchase price of US$95 million was paid from existing cash reserves.
Aurora is well funded with an undrawn Credit Facility of US$85 million
that increases with production growth and will be re-determined during
August to reflect the significant production increase achieved to date
this calendar year.
The Sugarloaf AMI is located within the Sugarkane Field, onshore United
States, in the liquids rich area of the Eagle Ford shale trend. Aurora
already participates in the Sugarloaf AMI and the acquisition has
increased its working interest from 15.8% to 21.8%. The additional
acreage is operated by Marathon Oil EF LLC, the operator of Aurora's
existing Eagle Ford acreage.
Aurora Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Stewart said:
"This acquisition builds on Aurora's already strong presence in the
Sugarkane Field, growing our portfolio of Eagle Ford interests within
our key focus area and in line with our stated strategy. A successful
conclusion of our on market offer for Eureka Energy Ltd (ASX:EKA)
(current 75% equity ownership) would lead to Aurora further increasing
its working interest to approximately 28% in the Sugarloaf AMI. These
acquisitions also further align our interests with Marathon, the
operator of the Sugarkane Field."
Aurora is an Australian and Toronto listed oil and gas company active
exclusively in the over pressured liquids rich region of the Eagle Ford
Shale in Texas, United States. The Company is engaged in the
development and production of oil, condensate and natural gas in
Karnes, Live Oak and Atascosa counties in South Texas. Aurora
participates in approximately 77,000 highly contiguous gross acres in
the heart of the trend, including over 17,800 net acres within the
liquids rich zones of the Eagle Ford.
Cautionary and Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release reflect management's expectations
relating to, among other things, target dates, Aurora's expected
drilling program, the benefits of its proposed acquisitions and the
ability to fund its development program are forward-looking statements,
and can generally be identified by words such as "will", "expects",
"intends", "believes", "estimates", "anticipates" or similar
expressions. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations,
projections or other characterizations of future events or
circumstances are forward-looking statements. These statements are not
historical facts but instead represent management's expectations,
estimates and projections regarding future events.
Although management believes the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements
are based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management at
the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks
and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or
results to differ materially from those projected in the
forward-looking statements. In addition, if any of the assumptions or
estimates made by management prove to be incorrect, actual results and
developments are likely to differ, and may differ materially, from
those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained
in this document. Such assumptions include, but are not limited to,
general economic, market and business conditions and corporate
strategy. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on such statements.
All of the forward-looking information in this press release is
expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Forward-looking
information contained herein is made as of the date of this document
and Aurora disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking
information, whether as a result of new information, future events or
results or otherwise, except as required by law.
SOURCE Aurora Oil
For further information:
Aurora Oil & Gas Limited ABN 90 008 787 988
Level 20, 77 St. Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000, Australia
GPO Box 2530 Perth, WA 6001, Australia
t +61 8 9440 2626, f +61 8 9440 2699, e email@example.com
Aurora USA Oil & Gas, Inc.
A subsidiary of Aurora Oil & Gas Ltd.
1111 Louisiana, Suite 4550, Houston, TX 77002 USA
t +1 713 402 1920, f +1 713 357 9674