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Assets owned by bankrupt Alta Mesa Holdings and Kingfisher Midstream acquired by Mach Resources, Bayou City Energy Partners

A rig drills a well in the STACK play of the Anadarko Basin in 2018. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]
A rig drills a well in the STACK play of the Anadarko Basin in 2018. [THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Assets belonging to bankrupt players in Oklahoma’s STACK play were acquired this month by Tom Ward’s Mach Resources and its partner, Bayou City Energy Partners.

Mach Resources and its partner closed on transactions to acquire substantially all of the upstream oil and gas assets owned by Alta Mesa Holdings, as well as the midstream assets of Kingfisher Midstream LLC and its subsidiaries, the companies announced Thursday.

The companies didn’t disclose how much they spent to acquire the Kingfisher County-based assets. The businesses obtained the assets through a 363 sale process associated with Alta Mesa’s and Kingfisher Midstream’s bankruptcies.

However, case documents filed April 8 state Alta Mesa and Kingfisher Midstream agreed to the buyers’ proposal to acquire the assets for $159 million.

The agreement included a provision that could have adjusted the price incrementally up to $14.5 million higher, if the price of West Texas Intermediate crude was higher than expected on the closing date.

“For several years now, we have stated that caution was needed with regard to further investment in the upstream space,” Ward said in the announcement.

“Stretched reserve valuations and cash being spent in excess were creating a situation that was untenable for the industry,” he continued, adding that the recent energy bust created jointly by the Russia-Saudi Arabia war to recapture lost market shares and the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the industry’s predicament.

Earlier this year when Ward announced Mach Resources’ bid to acquire the assets, he described the situation as “a unique opportunity to acquire a sizable cash-flowing asset with the supporting midstream infrastructure, through a bankruptcy process, in an area of our team’s expertise.”

This week, he said the partnership’s goal remains to stay patient while looking for similar opportunities.

“We believe this strategy will reap large rewards in the future as this market corrects itself through a lack of capital invested in future drilling,” Ward stated.

Mach Resources in Oklahoma City and Houston-based Bayou City Energy Partners created a third limited liability company called BCE-MACH III to acquire assets from Alta Mesa and Kingfisher Midstream, officials said.

All together, Mach and Bayou made seven acquisitions through their partnerships. Including the latest, officials said the partnerships own more than 5,700 wells that cover about 500,000 mineral acres and produce about 58,000 barrels of oil (equivalent) daily.

“We believe the additional scale of these assets (from Alta Mesa and Kingfisher Midstream) will bolster strong returns for our investors,” Will McMullen, Bayou’s founder and managing partner, stated as part of the release.

Jack Money

Jack Money has worked for The Oklahoman for more than 20 years. During that time, he has worked for the paper’s city, state, metro and business news desks, including serving for a while as an assistant city editor. Money has won state and regional... Read more ›

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