Velvet Energy racks up $100 mln

Velvet Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin region, has closed $100 million in funding. Previous backers Warburg Pincus LLC, Trilantic Capital Partners and ZAM Ventures LP led the round.


CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Jan. 29, 2015) – Velvet Energy Ltd. (“Velvet Energy” or the “Company”), an oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (“WCSB”), today announced that it has obtained an incremental $100 million equity line led by its private equity investors Warburg Pincus L.L.C., Trilantic Capital Partners and ZAM Ventures, L.P.

Velvet Energy utilizes advanced drilling and completion technologies to explore for and develop oil and gas assets within established plays in West-Central Alberta, Canada. Velvet is currently producing approximately 14,000 barrels per day equivalent (“boe/d”) from its footprint in the Edson area of West-Central Alberta where it is achieving superior field-level economics. This incremental equity line will enable the Company to build on its success to date, through the pursuit of acquisitions and additional growth and corporate development opportunities.

“Velvet Energy is operationally and financially well positioned with a high-quality asset base, strong balance sheet, and three sophisticated and supportive investors, led by Warburg Pincus”, commented Ken Woolner, President and Chief Executive Officer, Velvet Energy. “The access to significant capital resources allows Velvet Energy to take advantage of the current market conditions to continue to efficiently grow its production base and its opportunity set”.

This commitment follows an initial equity line totalling $336 million that has been fully deployed by Velvet Energy.

About Velvet Energy

Velvet Energy is a privately-held oil and gas exploration and production company with corporate headquarters in Calgary, Alberta and operations headquartered in Edson, Alberta. From start-up in 2011, Velvet Energy has successfully pursued a counter-cyclical business plan with a primary emphasis towards sweet liquids-rich natural gas. The Company has constructed a focused land position consisting of 412,000 net acres in the Edson area of Alberta, in order to achieve long term sustainable growth through the drill bit, and is currently targeting medium term (18 month) production of 20,000 boe/d.

For more information, visit or contact Velvet Energy at or at (403) 781-9125.

About Warburg Pincus L.L.C.

Warburg Pincus L.L.C. is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than $37 billion in assets under management. The firm’s active portfolio of more than 120 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Warburg Pincus is an experienced partner to management teams seeking to build durable companies with sustainable value. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 14 private equity funds, including a $4 billion energy fund that closed in October 2014, which have invested more than $50 billion in over 720 companies in more than 35 countries.

For more than two decades, Warburg Pincus has invested or committed over $9.5 billion across more than 50 energy investments around the world involved in oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, power generation, oilfield technology and related-services, mining and alternative energy development. Notable investments include Antero Resources, Bill Barrett Corporation, Broad Oak Energy, Encore Acquisition Company, Kosmos Energy, Laredo Petroleum, MEG Energy, Newfield Exploration, Spinnaker Exploration and Targa Resources.

The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Mauritius, San Francisco, São Paulo and Shanghai. For more information please visit

About Trilantic Capital Partners

Trilantic Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on control and significant minority investments in North America and Europe, with a primary investment focus in North America in the business services, consumer, energy and financial services sectors. Trilantic manages six institutional private equity funds with aggregate capital commitments of more than $7.0 billion. To date, Trilantic has committed more than $2.5 billion to the energy sector across twenty platform investments. For more information visit

About ZAM Ventures, L.P.

ZAM Ventures, L.P. is one of the main investment vehicles for Ziff Brothers Investments, L.L.C., a multi-billion dollar family investment firm, headquartered in Manhattan, New York that invests in a variety of global asset classes. ZAM Ventures, L.P. focuses on energy-related private equity projects.