California Resources Corporation Announces a Joint Venture with Colony Capital to Invest Up to $500 Million in Oil & Gas Properties

Source Press Release
Company California Resources CorporationColony Capital, Inc. 
Tags Asset Deals, Deals, Upstream Activities
Date July 23, 2019

California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC) and  Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) through its energy investment management arm, Colony HB2 Energy (collectively, “Colony”), announced today that they have formed a strategic joint venture in which Colony has committed to fund $320 million for the development of CRC’s flagship Elk Hills field, located in the San Joaquin Basin. Subject to the mutual agreement of the parties, the total investment may be increased to $500 million.

The initial investment commitment will cover multiple development opportunities throughout the Elk Hills field and is intended to be invested over approximately three years in accordance with a pre-approved development plan consisting of approximately 275 wells. Colony will fund 100 percent of the development wells and will earn a 90 percent working interest. CRC’s working interest will revert from 10 to 82.5 percent upon Colony achieving an agreed upon return. Colony will also receive warrants to purchase up to 1.25 million shares of common stock with a $40 strike price upon funding their capital obligations.

Todd Stevens, President and CEO of CRC, noted, “We are pleased to partner with an outstanding investment firm like Colony and its partners to provide certainty of development of our large and high value inventory at Elk Hills, a very long-lived field. This is the largest joint venture capital commitment to date for CRC, and the terms reflect the sizable project inventory we have established at Elk Hills. This partnership also provides additional flexibility to aid in our deleveraging efforts through growing our production and cash flow.”

Tom Barrack, Chairman and CEO of Colony Capital, said, “Colony is delighted to form this strategic partnership with CRC to continue the development of this historic and world class field. This is also a milestone event in the establishment and growth of our new energy investment management platform, and there is no better partner than CRC and no better asset than Elk Hills with which to start.”

Peter Eichler, Managing Director of Colony Capital, added, “CRC’s operational expertise, technical understanding and substantial infrastructure in the San Joaquin Basin are unparalleled, and we look forward to building upon decades of profitable investment by CRC in the Elk Hills Field over the long-term.”

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