MIDLAND, Texas, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viper Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:VNOM) ("Viper"), a subsidiary of Diamondback Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FANG) ("Diamondback"), announced today the pricing of Viper's public offering of 9,500,000 common units representing limited partner interests at a public offering price of $32.00 per unit. The 9,500,000 offering of common units represents a 1,500,000 unit upsize to the originally proposed 8,000,000 offering of common units. The total gross proceeds of the offering (before underwriters' discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses) will be approximately $304.0 million. The underwriters have a 30 day option to purchase up to an additional 1,425,000 common units from Viper.
The offering is expected to close on March 1, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. Viper intends to use the net proceeds from the offering, including any net proceeds from the underwriters' exercise of their option to purchase additional common units, to purchase units of Viper Energy Partners LLC ("Viper Operating Company"). Viper Operating Company will use the net proceeds from the offering to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under Viper's revolving credit facility. Viper Operating Company will use any net proceeds received in connection with the underwriters' exercise of their option to purchase additional common units to repay additional outstanding borrowings under Viper's revolving credit facility and for general partnership purposes, which may include additional acquisitions.
Credit Suisse is acting as the book-running manager for the offering. When available, a copy of the final prospectus for the offering may be obtained from:
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Eleven Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Attention: Prospectus Department
Telephone: (800) 221-1037
You may also obtain a copy of the final prospectus for free by visiting the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov. The common units will be issued and sold pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the common units, nor shall there be any sale of the common units in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. This offering may only be made by means of a prospectus supplement and related base prospectus.
About Viper Energy Partners LP
Viper is a limited partnership formed by Diamondback to own, acquire and exploit oil and natural gas properties in North America, with a focus on oil-weighted basins, primarily the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements, other than historical facts, that address activities that Viper assumes, plans, expects, believes, intends or anticipates (and other similar expressions) will, should or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on management's current beliefs, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events. These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the results to differ materially from those expected by the management of Viper. Information concerning these risks and other factors can be found in Viper's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and any amendments thereto, which can be obtained free of charge on the Securities and Exchange Commission's web site at http://www.sec.gov. Viper undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.
Source: Viper Energy Partners LP