SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report January 25, 2008
(Date of earliest event reported)
QUESTAR MARKET RESOURCES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
STATE OF UTAH
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization
(Commission File No.)
180 East 100 South Street, P.O. Box 45601, Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0601
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code (801) 324-2600
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On January 25, 2008, Questar Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of the Registrant, entered into a definitive purchase agreement (the "Purchase Agreement") with a number of private parties who are unaffiliated with the Registrant to acquire certain natural gas and oil properties in the Midcontinent for an aggregate purchase price of $597 million, subject to customary closing and post-closing adjustments. The acquisition is currently scheduled to close in late February 2008 with an effective date of January 1, 2008. The Registrant expects to accomplish funding through a combination of the Registrants available bank credit arrangements and the issuance of long-term notes.
On January 31, 2008, Questar Corporation issued a press release reporting that Questar Exploration and Production Company had entered into agreements with multiple private sellers to acquire two significant natural gas development properties in northwest Louisiana for an aggregate purchase price of $655 million. The acquisition described above is among those referenced in the press release. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report and is incorporated into this Item 1.01 by reference.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
New Release dated January 31, 2008.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
QUESTAR MARKET RESOURCES, INC.
January 31, 2008
/s/C. B. Stanley
C. B. Stanley
President and Chief Executive Officer
List of Exhibits:
New Release dated January 31, 2008.
Questar E&P acquires additional northwest Louisiana natural gas properties
DENVER Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR)
Total consideration $655 million
22,000 net leasehold acres
593 Bcfe of proved plus probable and possible reserves
Up to 852 future vertical development well locations
High (97%+) average working interest, Questar E&P-operated
Accretive to 2008 production, cash flow and earnings
Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) subsidiary Questar Exploration and Production Company (Questar E&P) today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with multiple private sellers to acquire two significant natural gas development properties in northwest Louisiana for an aggregate purchase price of $655 million. The properties are located in Red River and Bienville Parishes, approximately 10 miles south and east of Questar E&Ps existing Elm Grove Field operations.
The acquired properties will add 276 Bcfe of net proved reserves as of the effective date, approximately 20% of which are currently proved developed. Questar E&P estimates proved plus probable and possible reserves attributable to the properties of 593 Bcfe. In addition to 74 existing producing wells, Questar E&P has identified up to 852 future development well locations on a combination of 20-acre and 40-acre density. Development targets are the same as those being successfully exploited by Questar E&P at Elm Grove Field multiple stacked tight-gas sands in the Cotton Valley and Hosston formations at depths ranging from 6,500 to 10,500 feet. Questar E&P estimates gross reserves attributable to future vertical wells will range from 0.7 Bcfe to over 3.25 Bcfe and gross completed vertical well costs will range from $1.7 to $2.4 million.
The effective date for the transactions is January 1, 2008. The company expects to close by the end of February 2008. The purchase price is subject to usual and customary closing and post-closing adjustments.
Were turning up our Midcontinent growth with these bolt-on acquisitions in our core NW
Louisiana Cotton Valley / Hosston play, said Keith Rattie, Questar Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Were putting more assets in the hands of our experienced Midcontinent team and diversifying our E&P business, Rattie added.
"If we execute, with these assets Questar E&P may double Midcontinent production over the next 4-5 years, said Charles Stanley, Questar executive vice president and president and CEO of the companys exploration and production businesses. Combined with our existing inventory in Elm Grove Field, Questar E&P will have over 1,050 Cotton Valley/Hosston development locations in northwest Louisiana, over 950 of which will be Questar E&P-operated and that assumes vertical wells. Were intrigued by the potential to significantly increase rate, recoveries and returns with horizontal drilling on parts of this acreage. Well be evaluating that alternative over the next couple of years, Stanley added.
If these transactions close at the end of February as expected, the company estimates these assets could yield incremental production of approximately 12 Bcfe net to Questar E&P in 2008.
The company said it expects to fund the acquisition with a combination of short and long-term debt.
Questar Corp. (NYSE:STR) is a natural gas-focused energy company with an enterprise value of about $10 billion. Questar finds, develops, produces, gathers, processes, transports, stores and distributes natural gas.
This release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are based on managements current expectations, estimates and projections, which are subject to a wide range of uncertainties and business risks. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated are discussed in the companys periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006. Questar undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update the forward-looking statements in this news release, in other documents, or on the Web site to reflect future events or circumstances. All such statements are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
For more information, visit Questars website: www.questar.com.