By Jason M. Zoeller
Gateway Royalty, LLC, a royalty acquisition company based in Carrollton, Ohio, has raised $58.5 million to pay Utica shale play landowners for rights to their future royalty payments. Gateway’s goal is to invest in a broad range of oil and gas royalties across the eastern Ohio counties, which constitute the core of the new Utica shale play. It is a business model with a risk for both sides. The lump-sum payment could easily be bested by solid production. Conversely, it’s difficult to tell exactly how much oil or gas will come from a specific well, so it’s possible that the company could lose out.
Gateway, originally based in Texas, is willing to take the risk. The company moved to Carrollton in May 2012, investing $35 million on 20,000 acres. Those initial investments focused on the northern part of the play in Columbiana County. The new investments will move more toward the south but will continue Gateway’s policy of acquiring a diversified portfolio of oil and gas royalty interests without incurring any debt.
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