HOUSTON, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortuna Resources Holdings, LLC ("Fortuna") announced that certain affiliates of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM) ("Och-Ziff") have committed $75 million to Fortuna, with an option to increase to $150 million. The investment is focused on expanding Fortuna's activities in the West Texas Permian Basin and related areas through acreage and asset acquisitions and subsequent development.
Fortuna has substantial experience working in the Permian Basin, with a demonstrated history of acquiring and exploiting multiple oil and gas assets in the Delaware Basin and Central Basin Platform. Aaron Davis, Fortuna's CEO, is a petroleum engineer most recently with Occidental Petroleum Corporation where he oversaw multiple Permian Basin drilling and leasing programs.
"Fortuna is positioned for growth with the backing of an outstanding financial partner like Och-Ziff," said Aaron Davis. "Och-Ziff has the financial insight and resources, investment experience and operational knowledge to help us leverage the tremendous opportunity set that exists in today's market."
"We believe there are compelling opportunities in select regions of the Permian Basin for middle market situations given the favorable competitive environment, existing infrastructure and strong well economics that will support future development," said Mark Bisso, Managing Director at Och-Ziff. "We are very pleased to partner with Fortuna, which has extensive regional experience, strong technical expertise, and proven capabilities."
Och-Ziff has been investing in private energy since 2005, and has invested more than $1.5 billion in North American private energy investments. Based in New York and Houston, Och-Ziff's dedicated 11-person energy team focuses on middle market investments in the oil & gas upstream, midstream and energy services sectors.
Fortuna Resources LLC is an independent oil and natural gas producer headquartered in Houston. Fortuna is focused on acquiring producing assets and acreage in the Permian Basin. For more information, please visit Fortuna's website (www.fortunaresourcesllc.com).
Och-Ziff is one of the largest institutional alternative asset managers in the world, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Beijing, Dubai, Shanghai and Houston. Och-Ziff provides asset management services to investors globally through its multi-strategy funds, dedicated credit funds, including opportunistic credit funds and Institutional Credit Strategies products, real estate funds and other alternative investment vehicles. Och-Ziff seeks to generate consistent, positive, absolute returns across market cycles, with low volatility compared to the broader markets, and with an emphasis on preservation of capital. Och-Ziff's funds invest across multiple strategies and geographies, consistent with the investment objectives of each fund. The global investment strategies Och-Ziff employs include convertible and derivative arbitrage, corporate credit, long/short equity special situations, merger arbitrage, private investments, real estate and structured credit. As of May 1, 2016, Och-Ziff had approximately $42.0 billion in assets under management. For more information, please visit Och-Ziff's website (www.ozcap.com).
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