Oasis to exit Permian basin in deals worth $481 million

June 7, 2021

Oasis Petroleum Inc. will exit the Permian basin through a series of divestitures to focus on its Williston basin acreage position, the company said May 20. Buyers were not named.

Total gross potential consideration is $481 million consisting of $406 million at closing and up to three $25 million annual contingent payments in 2023, 2024, and 2025 if WTI averages over $60/bbl.

The deals include 24,000 net acres and first-quarter 2021 production of 7,200 boe/d. Oasis Midstream Partners LP retains midstream assets in Panther DevCo.

The primary transaction is expected to close around June 30, subject to customary conditions. Two smaller deals have already closed.

The Permian assets were difficult to scale, and the sale allows the operator to focus on the Williston position where it sees upside opportunity, said Danny Brown, chief executive officer. Brown was named to the position in April.

In May, the company shored up its Williston basin position through a $745-million transaction with Diamondback Energy where it gained some 27,000 boe/d of production in first-quarter 2021 on a two-stream basis and 95,000 net acres. Pro forma Williston basin acreage stands at 497,000 net acres with first-quarter production of 77,000 boe/d.


Oasis, which emerged from bankruptcy in November 2020, updated its fiscal year 2021 volume and capex guidance to reflect the Permian divestment. FY21 volumes of 63,500-66,500 boe/d are expected with fourth-quarter 2021 volumes of 74,500-77,500 boe/d.

Exploration and production capex for 2021 is $205-220 million, as incremental activity that was planned in the Permian is expected to shift into the Williston in second-half 2021. Oasis is evaluating various development scenarios for 2022. According to a May investor presentation, Bakken focus areas are expected to be Wild Basin, South Nesson, Indian Hills, Painted Woods, North Alger, South Antelope, and Fort Berthold.