Magnolia Petroleum Buoyed by ExxonMobil Update

Friday, Jan 20 2012 by
Magnolia Petroleum Buoyed by ExxonMobil Update

Magnolia Petroleum (LON:MAGP) the AIM listed independent oil and gas exploration and production company recently provided its shareholders with a positive update concerning its participation in the Hawkins Field Unit, located in Wood County Texas, alongside the operator, oil and gas major ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM).  Magnolia Petroleum with their 0.01543 per cent working interest in the project, informed the market that a new nitrogen rejection unit plant is expected to be operational as of next month, with ExxonMobil the operator anticipating a boost in field production rates from 5,400 bopd to between 6,000-7,000 bopd and an increase in gas production to between 20,000-25,000 mcfs/d. 

Magnolia Petroleum, who note that the Hawkins Field Unit contains the largest Proved 2P oil and gas reserves among Magnolia's interests were clearly buoyed by the ExxonMobil operational update, which also suggests that the new nitrogen rejection plant will increase the life of the field by up to 25 years and lead to the recovery of up to a further 40 million boe.  Commenting on the targeted increase in production announcement, Magnolia Petroleum COO, Rita Whittington said; [1]

"We are highly encouraged by the results of our participation with ExxonMobil in the NRU plant, which is expected to significantly raise the efficiency of the Hawkins field. We look forward to receiving the production results. The Hawkins field is one of Magnolia's largest assets in terms of both gross and net proved 2P reserves and meaningful additional revenues will be generated. These will be channelled to fund the development of our extensive and highly prospective portfolio of assets in the prolific Bakken/Three Forks Sanish hydrocarbon formations, North Dakota, the producing Hunton and Woodford formations in Oklahoma and the oil rich Mississippi also in Oklahoma where we participate with other major oil and gas companies including Marathon, Chesapeake and Hunt Oil."


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Magnolia Petroleum who raised £1.2m as a part of its 25 November 2011 UK listing move from the Plus market to the AIM, is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has non-operated interests in two unconventional resource plays in North America, namely the Bakken and the Woodford.  Magnolia Petroleum is also vying through plans to acquire new acreage, to work as an operator in the nascent Mississippi Lime Play. During 2011 Magnolia Petroleum participated with Chesapeake in a successful…

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Magnolia Petroleum Plc is a holding company, which provides direction and other services to its subsidiaries. The Company's geographical segments include the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). It is engaged in oil and gas production and exploration in the United States. It is focused on acquiring and developing leases in the United States onshore formations. The Company has approximately 146 wells. Its projects include Bakken/Three Forks Sanish Formation in North Dakota, Woodford/Hunton oil formations in Oklahoma, and Mississippi Lime Play. The Bakken/Three Forks Sanish Interests target the Bakken formation, which comprises approximately three separate reservoirs, and the three Forks Sanish Formation. The Company holds leases in respect of approximately 67,200 gross mineral acres, giving rights to participate in the drilling of wells located in central Oklahoma. The Company holds leases covering approximately 5,500 net mineral acres in Mississippi Lime. more »

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chinaman 23rd Jan '12 1 of 4

Good article. As long as Magnolia keeps adding economically successful wells - as I anticipate the 2 new Marathon Oil wells announced today will shortly become - then this company will keep growing, slowly at first and then more rapidly as the exponential effect takes over. Like Chesapeak did.

I expect the most important news in the short term is for a deal to be done on the Mississippi Lime acreage, which will transform MAGP by making it an operator with much larger exposure to each well, say around 25% of each.

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Elias Jones 24th Jan '12 2 of 4

In reply to chinaman, post #1

Thanks for the appreciation chinaman.
Will be interesting to note the difference when completing with a 30 stage frac as opposed to the pelton that was completed with a single stage frac yielding 483 barrels of oil per day and 148 MCF of gas per day. I’m hoping to get a MAGP Q&A done c.mid Feb.

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Elias Jones 21st Feb '12 3 of 4

Since this article Magnolia has acquired acreage of its own within the Mississippi Lime Formation and plans to drill a vertical well later this year. Following the acreage news Daniel Stewart, a Magnolia Petroleum house broker and nominated adviser has increased its target price for the company, apportioning 1.6p as a result of recent update to a new target share price of 3.60p. Also of interest is the recent news that Magnolia will be participating with Chesapeake in four horizontal wells targeting the Mississippi Formation. During 2011 Magnolia participated with Chesapeake in a successful Mississippian Lime well, which indicated the commercial potential of the play when the ‘Sundance’ well revenue paid back all costs to the company within three months of drilling. Three of the four new wells are being drilled within the same spacing unit as the successful Sundance well.

Daniel Stewart & Co plc/Kate Fisher - Equity Analyst
16 February 2012

Acreage Acquisition Drives Growth

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Elias Jones 14th May '12 4 of 4

Magnolia have today (14/05/12) issued production figures from some minor percentage interest wells they are JV partners in.  MAGP are now waiting on additional production figures from a number of wells including a 12.5% working interest in the Thomason well alongside Chesapeake in the Mississippi Formation.

Based on the MAGP % interest, I have number crunched today’s well production rates to derive a bopd attributable to MAGP.

Eckelberg 14-23H well - 6.74bopd

Eckelberg 14-23TF well – 6.59bopd

Quill 2-10-3H well – 3.40bopd

Zenyatta 2-6 well – 0.18bopd

Estimated total oil production uplift attributable to MAGP from today’s RNS = 16.91bopd

Current production before today’s RNS = 38bopd

Estimated new production figure following today’s RNS = 54.91bopd

Estimated yearly revenue based on the current 54.91bopd @ $90 per barrel = $1,798,851


Magnolia COO, Rita Whittington said,

"We now have interests in 74 producing properties in proven oil plays such as the Bakken / Three Forks Sanish, North Dakota and Mississippi Lime and the Woodford / Hunton Formations in Oklahoma. In addition, we are awaiting results for a number of other wells. Magnolia holds larger working interests in several of these than has historically been the case including a 12.5% interest in the Thomason well targeting the Mississippi Lime Formation. As a result we expect to report another material increase in our daily production and revenues in due course. We are delivering on our objectives and Magnolia remains on course to become a significant oil and gas company."

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