Magnum Hunter De-Listed from NYSE; Still Shopping Eureka Hunter

Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) is a company in trouble. We won’t recount all of the signs (read our MHR articles here). One of the silver bullets that was supposed to help pull MHR’s bacon out of the fire was the sale of their midstream/pipeline subsidiary Eureka Hunter. On August 14 MHR CEO Gary Evans announced there were three potential buyers for Eureka Hunter and that a deal would net the company somewhere around $600-$700 million. Evans said a deal was imminent. That deal never materialized. In November the company refinanced some of its debt to keep going and stopped holding quarterly conference calls with investors (see Magnum Hunter Refinances Again, Dodges a Bullet…Just Barely). Also in November, MHR told the Securities and Exchange Commission that the company is likely headed for bankruptcy (see Dire Straits: Magnum Hunter Tells SEC Heading for Bankruptcy). However, one of MHR’s investors has stated he’ll sue to prevent them from filing for bankruptcy (see Magnum Hunter Investor: We’ll Sue to Stop Bankruptcy Filing). Yeah, it’s complicated. So when we saw a new press release from MHR, a press release about Eureka Hunter, we perked up. What does it say?…
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How Much is Magnum Hunter & Eureka Hunter Worth Today?

Valuing an oil and gas or midstream/pipeline company is probably as much art as it is science. In any real estate or land or business valuation, in fact in any kind of transaction where something is bought and sold, something is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. But we all need guidelines…rules of thumb…markers that help us determine how much value something has. The “thing” under consideration in this post is the value of both driller Magnum Hunter Resources, and its midstream subsidiary Eureka Hunter. A stock analyst writing on the Seeking Alpha website tackled that question and came up with some interesting numbers…
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5 Weeks Later and Still No Word on Buyer for Eureka Hunter

over promise under deliverSomething we’ve noticed for some time: When Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) and its subsidiaries (like GreenHunter and Eureka Hunter) make a pronouncement like “such and such will be online next month” or “so and so asset will be sold this quarter” the timing rarely matches the pronouncement. For Magnum Hunter “the next few weeks” turns into “the next few months” and “sometime this quarter, maybe next” turns into “next year.” Somebody else has noticed MHR’s timeline peculiarity too–and has written about it on the Seeking Alpha investors website. This particular post notes that MHR’s CEO Gary Evans announced he would name the winning bidder in the “next week to 10 days” for the Eureka Hunter midstream subsidiary, a deal that will bring in something like $600-$700 million (see 3 Potential Buyers Identified for Eureka Hunter Pipeline Deal). That announcement by Evans was on August 14, some five weeks ago, and still no word on who the buyer is, and for how much…
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3 Potential Buyers Identified for Eureka Hunter Pipeline Deal

silhouette questionFinally we know. In June Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), majority owner of subsidiary pipeline company Eureka Hunter, said it was negotiating to sell all of its ownership of Eureka Hunter to an unnamed buyer for $600-$700 million (see Magnum Hunter Cuts Deal to Sell Eureka Hunter & 2 New JVs). Two weeks ago Magnum Hunter CEO Gary Evans continued to tease that the sale is imminent and will bring in around $550 million (see Magnum Hunter About to Close 2 Deals Worth $1 Billion Cash). Cash amounts and deadline dates seem to be “fluid,” shall we say, when it comes to MHR statements. We still haven’t heard who the potential buyer is. That is, until now. Bloomberg is reporting the potential buyer is…
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Magnum Hunter 2Q15: Rev Down 60%; Eureka Hunter Still Not Sold

Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) released their second quarter 2015 update today, with plenty of information. MHR reports oil and gas production year over year in the second quarter was up 20%. But because of the price collapse over the past 12 months, MHR’s revenue for that production decreased 60% year over year. One of the juicy tidbits we pick up from the update deals with an impending sale of MHR pipeline subsidiary Eureka Hunter. You may recall that MHR CEO Gary Evans, speaking at the Hart Energy DUG East conference in Pittsburgh in June implied the company had cut a deal to sell their ownership stake in Eureka Hunter (see Magnum Hunter Cuts Deal to Sell Eureka Hunter & 2 New JVs). It seems that was the wrong (misleading?) impression. In today’s 2Q15 update we learn that MHR “is in discussions with a number of third parties regarding this potential sale transaction.” So no, the sale of Eureka Hunter is not a done deal–not yet. What else do we learn?…
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Eureka Hunter Pipes Hits 700 Mmcf/d, MHR Still Looking to Sell It

Apparently looking to pump up the value and sex appeal of one of its major assets, this morning Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) issued a press release about its pipeline subsidiary Eureka Hunter calling attention to the news that the midstream operation has increased its throughput to an average of 700 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (700 Mmcf/d, or put another way, 700,000 million Btus, or 700,000 MMBtus). The last time MHR issued a press release about the throughput of Eureka Hunter was in March, when it had achieved an average of 623 Mmcf/d (see Eureka Hunter Pipeline Volume Continues to Expand, now 623 Mmcf/d). Just two weeks ago, facing a cash crunch, MHR announced they are looking to sell 100% of their stake in the Eurkea Hunter subsidiary (see Magnum Hunter Cuts Deal to Sell Eureka Hunter & 2 New JVs). While hitting 700 Mmcf/d is certainly a noteworthy milestone, today’s press release has the look and feel of publicity meant to influence investors rather than news meant to inform…
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Magnum Hunter Cuts Deal to Sell Eureka Hunter & 2 New JVs

On Monday, MDN told you that Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR) was having trouble scraping together $9.4 million to meet liquidity demands by creditors (see Magnum Hunter’s Bankers Say Get $65M in Cash by July 10, Or Else). Today we report that one of MHR’s major investors has sold off millions of shares of the company’s stock (see Magnum Hunter Investor Dumps 6.3 Million Shares of MHR Stock). There’s no ignoring that MHR, a mid-sized Marcellus/Utica driller, is a company in financial trouble. So perhaps it was not surprising that at yesterday’s closing day of the Hart Energy DUG East conference in Pittsburgh, MHR CEO Gary Evans announced that the company has a plan to rake in some big bucks. Number one, MHR has cut a deal to sell their Eureka Hunter pipeline subsidiary for $600-$700 million. Number two, Evans said MHR is working on two joint ventures for other companies to drill on or finance MHR’s drilling on MHR acreage in Ohio and West Virginia. The Ohio deal would bring in around $500 million, and the West Virginia deal around $100 million…
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Eureka Hunter Pipeline Volume Continues to Expand, now 623 Mmcf/d

Every few months Eureka Hunter, the midstream subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources, issues a press release to update investors on their progress toward filling their WV/OH pipeline system with natural gas. Eventually they hope to flow 1 billion cubic feet per day through the system. Last September Eureka reported they were up to an average 307 million cubic feet per day (see Magnum Hunter’s Pipeline System Boosts Volumes in OH/WV). In January they were up to 400 Mmcf/d and expecting to hit 500 Mmcf/d by the end of that month (see Eureka Hunter Nears 1/2 Billion Cubic Feet per Day in WV/OH). As of last Friday, Eureka has hit north of 623 Mmcf/d on their path to a billion cubic feet…
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Eureka Hunter Nears 1/2 Billion Cubic Feet per Day in WV/OH

Magnum Hunter announced yesterday that its pipeline/midstream subsidiary Eureka Hunter has set a new record. Eureka pumped more than 400,000 million Btus per day (MMBtu/d) in West Virginia and Ohio by the end of December, and they expect to be pumping more than 500K MMBtus by the end of this month. A half million MMBtus works out to be roughly half a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day…
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Morgan Stanley Buys Partnership in Eureka Hunter for $65M

Yesterday Magnum Hunter, a Marcellus/Utica driller with a number of subsidiaries, including midstream company Eureka Hunter, announced that Morgan Stanley is becoming a partner in Eureka Hunter. Price tag for becoming a partner? $65 million. According to Magnum Hunter and Morgan Stanley, Eureka Hunter is now worth $1 billion. The deal itself is complicated and includes multiple subsidiaries and names you’ve likely never heard of (like Ridgeline Midstream and ArcLight Capital Partners). We just told you the news in a nutshell. Below is the press release from Magnum Hunter announcing that news–a press release obviously written by lawyers, rendering it virtually unreadable for the rest of us…
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Eureka Hunter Gets New $117M Line of Credit, Expansion Continues

Eureka Hunter Pipeline, a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter, is a small but growing midstream company with most of its operations in West Virginia (see these MDN articles about Eureka Hunter and their recent expansion). Apparently they plan to keep on growing. Today Eureka Hunter announced they’ve got a new line of credit at the bank–for a cool $117 million. Their line of credit can grow to $150 million under the right conditions.

Magnum Hunter CEO Gary Evans says the new credit line means MH itself won’t have to float cash to the midstream subsidiary like it does now–meaning more flexibility and Eureka Hunter can expand faster. And that’s a good thing! Here’s the Eureka Hunter announcement posted today:
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Eureka Hunter Boasts 360% Yearly Increase in Marcellus/Utica Flow

Eureka Hunter, the wholly-owned midstream (pipeline) subsidiary of driller Magnum Hunter, published their month by month flow numbers yesterday for how much gas they pumped through their pipelines in West Virginia and Ohio during 2013. It was an impressive year for Eureka Hunter. The average daily flow or “throughput” in 2012 was 23,291 million Btus (or MMBtus), which equates to 23.3 million cubic feet per day (or MMcf/d). If the “average” well is producing, say, 3 MMcf/d, that’s the equivalent of having 8 wells connected to the pipeline. The average daily flow in 2013 was 83,828 MMBtus, or 83.4 MMcf/d, or 28 wells hooked up and flowing. That’s a 360% year over year increase–nearly quadruple the volume!

What the average doesn’t tell you, however, is that by the end of the year, Eureka Hunter’s pipeline flowed nearly 160,000 MMBtus, or 160 MMcf/d, which is production from an average 53 wells. They predict in 2014 the daily flow rate will hit 206,500 MMBtus. Somewhere between 40-50% of the gas they flow is from Triad Hunter, another Magnum Hunter subsidiary (sister company to Eureka Hunter). Below is the press release with Eureka Hunter’s monthly flow numbers. With our explanation above, you now know how to view it!…
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Former Magnum Hunter Sells Remaining Stake in Eureka Midstream

We love to connect the dots and reveal information (news) that others miss. Sometimes we get it wrong–but more often we get it right. Here’s another connect-the-dots story. Yesterday we brought you the news that a huge South Korean conglomerate, SK Group, had purchased itself a $100 million slice of ownership in Marcellus/Utica midstream company Eureka Midstream (see South Korean SK Group Buys a Piece of Eureka Midstream for $100M). Eureka Midstream was once a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources. Magnum Hunter spun Eureka out into a standalone company prior to Magnum Hunter going through bankruptcy. Not long after Magnum Hunter exited bankruptcy, they changed their name to Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (see Magnum Hunter Changes Its Name, Leaves the Bankrupt Past Behind). The newly named company still owned a slice of Eureka, but Eureka was/is its own company, not controlled by Blue Ridge Mountain Resources. How big a slice does Blue Ridge own? We don’t know, but we’re guessing around $100 million worth, because yesterday Blue Ridge Mountain Resources coincidentally issued a press release to say it had sold the remaining shares of stock it owned in Eureka to “an undisclosed buyer.” Well isn’t that interesting. The day before SK Group bought a large slice of Eureka–for $100 million. Want to bet the “undisclosed buyer” is SK Group?…
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Eureka Midstream Now Flows 1.5+ Bcf/d of Marcellus/Utica Gas

Pipeline company Eureka Midstream was once a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources. Magnum Hunter spun Eureka out into a standalone company prior to Magnum going through bankruptcy. Last October Eureka acknowledged the former Magnum Hunter no longer owned any of it (see Eureka Midstream Confirms MDN Article on New Ownership). Morgan Stanley is now a major shareholder in the company, as is South Korean conglomerate SK Group. Eureka just issued a press release to say, “Hey, we’re still here and we’re bigger than ever.” The company now flows over 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Marcellus/Utica natural gas through its gathering system.
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Eureka Midstream Confirms MDN Article on New Ownership

In late September MDN connected the dots and was the first to tell you that Blue Ridge Mountain Resources, the renamed Magnum Hunter Resources, had sold its ownership stake in Eureka Midstream (formerly Eureka Resources) to South Korean conglomerate SK Group (see Former Magnum Hunter Sells Remaining Stake in Eureka Midstream). Eureka Midstream was once a subsidiary of Magnum Hunter Resources. Magnum Hunter spun Eureka out into a standalone company prior to Magnum Hunter going through bankruptcy. Not long after Magnum Hunter exited bankruptcy, they changed their name to Blue Ridge Mountain Resources (see Magnum Hunter Changes Its Name, Leaves the Bankrupt Past Behind). The newly named Blue Ridge still owned a slice of Eureka–until a few weeks ago. In a press release issued on Tuesday, Eureka Midstream officially acknowledged that the company’s ownership has changed. Morgan Stanley is still a major shareholder in the company, but now SK Group is in the mix too. Whether Blue Ridge sold its shares directly to SK Group, or whether Blue Ridge sold to Morgan Stanley which then turned around and sold to SK, the result is the same. Blue Ridge is gone, SK is here, and Eureka now answers to a different board of directors…
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