Matador (MTDR) signs agreement to acquire assets in New Mexico

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Matador Resource Company MTDR has signed an agreement with Summit Midstream Partners LP to acquire the latter’s Lane Gathering and Processing (G&P) system in Eddy and Lea counties for $75 million.

The Lane G&P system includes 45 miles of low- and high-pressure gathering pipeline in Eddy and Lea counties in the northern Delaware Basin. The system also includes three compressor stations and a cryogenic gas processing facility, with a processing capacity of 60 million cubic feet per day.

Matador will also assume delivery capacity on the Double E pipeline associated with the Lane G&P system. Double E Pipeline is a FERC-regulated natural gas pipeline operated by Summit Midstream.

The acquisition is a further development of Matador’s strategy to manage its midstream operations and utilize midstream resources to improve operations. To achieve this, the company plans to expand the Lane G&P system to support its environmental, safety, exploration and production work in northern Eddy and Lea counties.

Matador is a major acreage holder, owning 125,000 net acres in Eddy and Lea counties in southeastern New Mexico. The takeover of additional firm take-or-pay capacities further enhances Matador’s business relationship with Double E.

The divestiture provides Summit Midstream with additional financial flexibility to pursue scale development opportunities for Double E and its core assets in the growth pools. The transaction, subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

Price performance

Matador shares outperformed industry over the past six months. The stock jumped 78.3% on industry growth of 68.7%.

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