(WSJ) Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp announced today the closing of the previously announced sale of its 5% interest and transportation rights in the Oleoducto Central S.A. (OCENSA) oil pipeline in Colombia for a total cash consideration of U.S.$385m to a consortium led by Darby Private Equity, the private equity arm of Franklin Templeton Investments.
The investment was made by Darby’s Fondo de Infraestructura de Transporte de Colombia and includes three co-investors. The OCENSA pipeline interest and transportation rights were acquired by the Company as part of its previously announced acquisition of Petrominerales Ltd., which closed on November 28, 2013.
The transaction included the sale of the 5% equity interest in the OCENSA pipeline, along with the accompanying transportation capacity rights, including current and future capacity expansions. The Company has entered into a ten year agreement to secure transportation capacity for a take-or-pay incremental charge in addition to the regulated tariff on the pipeline.
Ronald Pantin, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“We are pleased to have closed this important transaction as it further illustrates the underlying value of the Petrominerales acquisition, in addition to reserves and production. The Company is also advancing the negotiations and sale process of approximately a 38% interest in its 100% wholly owned Pacific Midstream Holding Corp., which currently holds the Company’s ODL and Bicentenario oil pipeline interests as well as the PEL power transmission line assets. Proceeds from the sale of these assets will be used to pay down debt and buy-back stock. Additional midstream asset sales are expected in the future, allowing the Company to generate unrecognized cash value while retaining the strategic value of these assets, through long-term capacity agreements.”
Pacific Rubiales, a Canadian company and producer of natural gas and crude oil, owns 100% of Meta Petroleum Corp., which operates the Rubiales, Piriri and Quifa heavy oil fields in the Llanos Basin, and 100% of Pacific Stratus Energy Colombia Corp., which operates the La Creciente natural gas field in the northwestern area of Colombia. Pacific Rubiales has also acquired 100% of Petrominerales Ltd, which owns light and heavy oil assets in Colombia and oil and gas assets in Peru, 100% of PetroMagdalena Energy Corp., which owns light oil assets in Colombia, and 100% of C&C Energia Ltd., which owns light oil assets in the Llanos Basin. In addition, the Company has a diversified portfolio of assets beyond Colombia, which includes producing and exploration assets in Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Guyana and Papua New Guinea.
The Companies common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and La Bolsa de Valores de Colombia and as Brazilian Depositary Receipts on Brazil’s Bolsa de Valores Mercadorias e Futuros under the ticker symbols PRE, PREC, and PREB, respectively.
Darby Private Equity, a global emerging markets private equity fund manager was founded in 1994. Darby is a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc, (NYSE:BEN), a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. For more information please visit darbyoverseas.com.
Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby, Balanced Equity Management K2 Advisors and Pelago investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and more than US$882.2 billion in assets under management as of February 28, 2014. For more information please visit franklintempleton.com.
Fondo de Infraestructura de Transporte de Colombia is a Colombian-based infrastructure fund managed by Darby-Colpatria Capital S.A.S., a joint venture between Darby and Grupo Colpatria.
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In addition, reported production levels may not be reflective of sustainable production rates and future production rates may differ materially from the production rates reflected in this press release due to, among other factors, difficulties or interruptions encountered during the production of hydrocarbons.