Big Picture – A Deep Dive Examination of Diversified Gas & Oil PLC
Diversified Gas & Oil PLC Snapshot
Our strategy - Acquire, produce, drill
Our goal is to acquire and manage our oil and natural gas properties to generate cash flows, and provide stability and growth for the long-term benefit of our investors and employees.
Target PDP acquisitions
Capitalise on the opportunity to acquire complementary producing conventional oil and gas assets in the Appalachian Basin from industry players who are seeking to focus resources on shale reservoirs. Our target assets are characterised by predictable production rates, long-life (50+ years), and low decline rates.
Our goal is to maximise production from our portfolio through the deployment of rigorous field management programmes and accelerating or extending production by deploying new extraction technology and/or refreshing decayed infrastructure on poorly maintained wells. Through operational and cost efficiencies, we have demonstrated our ability to maximise value by enhancing production whilst lowering costs, resulting in low operating costs of below $10.00 per boe.
Through operational and cost efficiencies, we have demonstrated our ability to maximise value by enhancing production whilst lowering costs.
As a result of our focus on conventional shallow formations, our wells are low cost and operationally low risk, ensuring we retain strict control of drilling and completion costs.
Execute low-risk, low cost drilling
DGO’s vast portfolio is comprised of over 1 million leasehold acres and provides a significant opportunity to grow the Company, when it becomes more economically viable, through infill drilling activities. As a result of our focus on conventional shallow formations, our wells are low cost and operationally low risk, ensuring we retain strict control of drilling and completion costs. DGO can activate a low-risk development programme in a favourable commodity pricing environment that ensures a quick return on investment.
Diversified Gas & Oil is focused on the Appalachian Basin in the north-east US
Diversified Gas & Oil is focused on the Appalachian Basin in the north-east US. The basin is the oldest hydrocarbon producing region in the United States having established the first oil production in 1859. It is also home to the prolific Marcellus and Utica shale plays, as well as conventional sandstone reservoirs, and the region generates approximately one third of US’s domestic natural gas supply. Over 1 million wells have been drilled on the Appalachian Basin with an exceptionally high industry success rate. As an established producing basin, the region benefits from an abundance of infrastructure enabling an easy route to market for our products.
DGO operates approximately 7,500 wells across a substantial land bank of over 1 million acres of conventional leaseholds in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s daily production at December 2016 stood at 4,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day, comprised of approximately 26,000 mcf per day of natural gas and 475 barrels of oil per day.
n 2016, DGO engaged Wright & Company, a US based independent reserve auditor, to produce a Competent Persons Report (CPR). The independent findings identified Total Proved (1P) Reserves of 27.9 mboe (153,695MMcf and 2.3mmbbl), 86% of which are classified as Proved Developed Producing (PDP).
Low-risk, low-cost, long-life
Our conventional gas and oil assets produce from shallow depth, vertical wells into low permeability reservoirs sitting above the prolific Marcellus and Utica shale plays of the Appalachian Basin.
The mature wells show low decline rates averaging only 3-5% per annum, with little water content, resulting in long average well life of +50 years enabling DGO a high quality and reliable stream of free cash flow. The mature wells also benefit from simple and low-cost maintenance operations and require low ongoing capex.
Since inception, DGO has drilled 150 wells across its portfolio, none of which have been dry holes. The vast size of the land bank means that the assets have only been sparsely drilled presenting an infill drilling opportunity that DGO will seek to exploit in a higher commodity price environment. As the wells are onshore and shallow, development wells are relatively cheap and quick to drill.
DGO’s strict focus on cost controls, maintained through a combination of labour and cost efficiencies, ensures we maintain low-cost operations, thereby maximising profitability and enabling the company to generate free cash flow in a low commodity price environment.
In 2016, DGO delivered an average low operating cost of $9.53 per barrel, and believe this can be reduced further as the company achieves scale through consolidation.
Robert “Rusty” R Hutson Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Hutson Jr. is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the oil and gas industry but the first to hold an executive role, with his Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather all working in various field operational roles. Before founding Diversified Gas & Oil in 2001, Mr. Hutson Jr. held finance and accounting roles for 13 years at Bank One (Columbus, Ohio) and Compass Bank (Birmingham, Alabama). He finished his banking career as CFO of Compass Financial Services. Mr. Hutson has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Fairmont State College – West Virginia. He is a former certified public accountant (“CPA”) (Ohio).
Bradley G Gray
Finance Director and US Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining the Company in October 2016, Mr. Gray held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Royal Cup, Inc., a United States based commercial coffee roaster and wholesale distributor of tea and other beverage related products. Prior to Royal Cup, Inc., from 2006 to 2014, Mr. Gray worked in the petroleum distribution industry for The McPherson Companies, Inc. and held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, from 1997 to 2006, Mr. Gray worked in various financial and operational roles with Saks Incorporated, a previously listed New York Stock Exchange retail group in the United States. Mr Gray began his career at Arthur Andersen. Mr. Gray has a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and he is a licensed CPA (Alabama).
Robert (“Rusty”) Hutson, Sr.
Field Operations Manager
Rusty Hutson, Senior., spent over 30 years in the oil and gas business in various operational roles for oil and gas operators. The Hutson family has been engaged in aspects of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia, United States since the early 1900s. He now supervises the West Virginia operations for the Group.
Production Manager – Ohio
Tim Altier is the third generation in his family to work in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Altier started his career at Dominion East Ohio where he worked in the engineering and metering division. He spent 16 years as the Operations Manager at Range Resources and their predecessors with responsibility for all their wells and production in Ohio and New York. After Range sold their Ohio and New York production, Mr. Altier moved to Mountaineer Keystone as Production Manager where he worked with Utica and Marcellus production. Mr. Altier left Mountaineer Keystone to become the Conventional Production Manager of Eclipse Resources in Ohio. Mr. Altier joined the Group as Production Manager for all of the Group’s operations in the state of Ohio upon its acquisition of Eclipse. Mr. Altier has a Petroleum Engineering Degree from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and also received his Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Production Manager – Pennsylvania
Mr. Adamo started his career in 1986 with Victory Energy Corporation as a well tender, spending 10 years learning well tending and compressor operations. In 1996, Mr. Adamo moved to Texas Keystone Inc (“TKI”) spending 20 years growing from well tending to management. Mr. Adamo managed all of TKI’s field operations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, consisting of drilling, completing and pipelining over 1,500 conventional gas wells. Mr. Adamo’s 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry has grown his extensive knowledge of all facets of conventional field operations, specialising in engineering and setting large horsepower compression. Mr. Adamo joined the Group upon its acquisition of the TKI conventional assets, as Production Manager for all of the Group’s operations in the state of Pennsylvania.
Lindsey S Pourciau
Treasury and Financial Controller
Lindsey joined the Group in 2011 and is responsible for financial statement and budget preparation, monthly closing procedures and audit & tax oversight. Prior to joining the Group, Lindsey was a Senior Accountant with Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith where she audited construction contractors, manufacturing and distribution companies. She has a Master of Accountancy and a B.S. in Accounting from Samford University and she is a licensed CPA (Alabama).
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1100 Corporate Drive
Birmingham, Alabama, 35242, USA
Post Office Box 381087
Birmingham, Alabama, 35238, USA
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Neville Registrars Limited
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Halesowen, B63 3DA
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Buchanan (Ben Romney / Chris Judd)
107 Cheapside, London, EC2V 6DN
+44 (0)207 466 5000
Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker
Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance Limited
25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY
Mirabaud Securities LLP
33 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HY
Legal Adviser to the Company (UK)
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
15 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2HB
Legal Adviser to the Company (USA)
Balch and Bingham LLP
1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL 35203-4642, USA
Auditors and Reporting Accountant
Crowe Clarke Whitehill LLP
St Bride’s House, 10 Salisbury Square
London, EC4Y 8EH
Wright & Company, Inc.
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