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What is my Carry Worth?

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Alan B. Harp Jr. and Bradley A. Gates
September 7, 2012

Assume a team of E&P executives with a few ideas and strong industry connections receives a $200-million commitment from an E&P-focused private-equity fund. The team assembles a large, unproved leasehold position at an average cost of $200 per acre and begins geological and geophysical (G&G) spending and later, exploratory drilling.

  Further assume a “home-run” scenario where reserves are proved up and a majority of the subject acreage is monetized at over $5,000 per acre. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the management group, which likely contributed ...


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