Comstock Resources, Inc. (NYSE: CRK) announced on November 16, 2021 that it has closed on the sale of the previously announced divestiture of its Bakken shale non-operated properties for total consideration of $154 million, before selling expenses with an effective date of October 1, 2021. The properties sold include non-operated interests in 442 producing wells (68.3 net) producing approximately 4,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Comstock expects to recognize a pre-tax loss of $150-$160 million on the divestiture.
A portion of the sales proceeds will be used to fund a $36.4 million acquisition of predominantly undeveloped Haynesville shale acreage in East Texas. The acquisition includes 22,175 net acres in Harrison, Leon, Panola, Robertson and Rusk Counties and includes interests in 38 (18.8 net) producing wells with current gas production of 1.7 MMcf/day. Approximately 95 percent of the acreage to be acquired is held by production. An affiliate of the company’s majority stockholder is acquiring the remaining 50 percent of the acreage and wells alongside Comstock. Comstock will operate the drilling program and has identified 104.4 net drilling locations on the jointly acquired acreage. The acquisition is expected to close before year-end.
“This value adding bolt-on acquisition will add 52.2 high quality net drilling locations to Comstock’s prospect inventory and will allow us to extend the lateral length on 19 of our existing drilling locations by more than 3,000 feet”, stated M. Jay Allison, chairman and chief executive officer of Comstock.
About Comstock Resources
Comstock Resources is a leading independent natural gas producer with operations focused on the development of the Haynesville Shale in North Louisiana and East Texas. The Company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CRK.