Acquisitions & Divestitures, Land Management, Due Diligence, reserve based lending

For independent oil and gas companies looking to finance their operations, one lending option is reserve-based lending (RBL), in which the loan amount depends on the value of their oil and gas reserves. Unlike other underwriting processes, the company’s cash flow is not what determines the amount that is available to borrow. Instead, the value of the reserves—referred to as the “borrowing base”—is what decides the loan amount. The lender will re-evaluate the reserve value (the borrowing base) on a regular basis, typically twice a year, to ensure that the loan amount does not exceed the value of the asset.

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