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Earthstone (ESTE) Stock Up 8.5% Since Eagle Ford Acquisition

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Earthstone Energy, Inc. (ESTE - Free Report) recently acquired working interests in oil and gas-producing Eagle Ford assets from four different sellers. The stock has jumped 8.5% since the announcement of the acquisition on Jun 14.

The bolt-on acquisition has an effective date of Apr 1. The company paid a discounted price of $48 million in cash for the transaction from cash available on hand and borrowing under the revolving credit facility. As of Mar 31, 2021, it only had $1.4 million in cash and $136.6 million of undrawn borrowing capacity. Long-term debt was $223.4 million.

The low-cost assets are operated by the company itself, wherein net production is around 1,150 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Of the total production volumes, 89% is estimated to be crude oil. Production decline rate is low at the site. Associated reserves at the site are around 3.4 million barrels of oil equivalent. The move is expected to boost its footprint in the Eagle Ford Shale.

This marks the third acquisition in 2021 by the company, post the buyouts of Tracker, announced in April, and Independence Resources Management, closed in January. The latest acquisition will likely boost oil weightage in Earthstone’s portfolio. Given the fact that oil price has surged to more than the $70 per barrel mark, the latest acquisition can position the company for massive cash gains.

Price Performance

The company’s shares have jumped 111% in the year-to-date period compared with 83.4% rise of the industry it belongs to.

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Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked players in the energy space include PDC Energy, Inc. (PDCE - Free Report) , Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PBA - Free Report) and PHX Minerals Inc. (PHX - Free Report) , each having a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

PDC Energy’s earnings for 2021 are expected to jump 123.7% year over year.

Pembina Pipeline’s bottom line for 2021 is expected to rise 37.4% year over year.

PHX Minerals’ bottom line for 2021 is expected to surge 140% year over year.

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