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Natural Gas Partners commits $400 mln to launch of Prairie Storm Energy

Prairie Storm Energy Corp has received an equity financing commitment of up to $400 million from U.S. private equity firm Natural Gas Partners (NGP). The funds, which will come from the recently closed NGP Natural Resources XI LP, will support the launch of the Calgary-based company. Led by president and CEO Hugh Ross, Prairie Storm Energy is focused on acquiring, developing and exploiting large-scale oil and gas assets in regions of Western Canada. Its board of directors will include NGP senior managing directors Craig Glick and Christopher Ray, as well as NGP managing director Brian Minnehan.


Prairie Storm Energy Corp. Announces $400 million Equity Financing From Natural Gas Partners

CALGARY, Feb. 4, 2015 /CNW/ – The management team of Hugh Ross, Ketan Panchmatia, Greg Groten, Rob Morrison and Julian Din today announced the formation of Prairie Storm Energy Corp. (“Prairie Storm” or the “Company”) and the closing of an equity financing commitment with Natural Gas Partners, through its affiliate, NGP Natural Resources XI, L.P. (“NGP”) of up to $400 million.

The Company will be led by Hugh Ross as President & CEO, Ketan Panchmatia as VP Finance & CFO, Greg Groten as VP Exploration, Rob Morrison as VP Operations and Julian Din as VP Business Development.

The Board of Directors will initially be comprised of Messrs. Ross and Din, Craig Glick and Christopher Ray who both serve as Senior Managing Directors of NGP, Brian Minnehan a Managing Director of NGP, Bruce G. Waterman and R. Keith MacLeod.

Mr. Waterman was most recently an Executive Vice President of Agrium Inc., and has also served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Agrium, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Talisman Energy Inc. Mr. Waterman currently serves as a Director of Encana Corporation, Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. and Irving Oil Limited.

Mr. MacLeod most recently held the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sproule Associates Ltd., one of North America’s foremost engineering consulting firms. He currently serves as a Director of Trilogy Energy Corp. and Manitok Energy Inc.

Mr. John W. Swendsen, Vice-Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking for the National Bank of Canada has also been appointed as a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Company. Mr. Swendsen has been actively involved in building the National Bank of Canada into an industry leader in banking the junior oil and gas market in Canada.

Prairie Storm is focused on acquiring, developing and exploiting industry leading, large scale oil and gas assets in select regions of Western Canada. With a significant capital base to draw upon, the Company will apply a measured and disciplined approach to establishing compelling positions in regions providing pre-eminent operating efficiencies and superior long-term rates of return.

Craig Glick, Senior Managing Director of NGP, commented, “The Prairie Storm team is well-equipped to benefit from the volatility that currently exists in today’s marketplace and the opportunities we see developing in Western Canada. Our confidence in management’s financial and technical capabilities is reflected in the significant equity commitment we are making to the Company.”

About Natural Gas Partners

Founded in 1988, Natural Gas Partners is a family of private equity investment funds with cumulative committed capital of over $14.5 billion since inception, organized to make investments in the natural resources sector. Natural Gas Partners is part of the investment platform of NGP Energy Capital Management, a premier investment franchise in the natural resources industry, which together with its affiliates has managed over $17 billion in cumulative committed capital since inception.

SOURCE Prairie Storm Energy Corp.
For further information: Prairie Storm is located at 610, 324 – 8th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2Z2. For additional information, please contact: Hugh Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer, 403-470-7103,; Ketan Panchmatia, VP Finance & CFO, 403-850-7206,; Julian Din, VP Business Development, 403-921-3988,

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