This FAQ summary highlights certain information relating to the ENR Income & Development opportunities sponsored by Eagle Natural Resources, LLC (“Eagle”). It is not complete and may not contain all of the information that is important to a prospective investor. To understand any offering fully, prospective investors should carefully read the entire Private Placement Memorandum relating to the Fund offering as such memorandum may be supplemented from time to time, including specifically the Risk Factors described therein.
An investment in an Oil & Gas Direct Participation Fund allows investors to participate directly in the Fund’s cash flow, which is generated by the oil and gas assets owned by the Fund. In addition, some investors may enjoy the tax benefits generated by the Fund’s activities, which could potentially be used to help reduce the individual investor’s tax burden.
Accredited investors seeking (1) to generate income along with opportunities for upside growth, (2) direct exposure to profit potential generated by oil and gas operations, and (3) tax advantages, may find that an investment in the Fund is an attractive diversification option to an existing investment strategy. Investors should note that oil and gas direct investing carries significant risk and there are no guarantees that any cash flow will be achieved. Please review the offering documents relating to any investment opportunity being evaluated in full prior to making an investment including specifically any Risk Factors identified therein. ACCREDITED INVESTORS ONLY
Yes. Non-U.S. residents may invest in an Eagle Natural Resources fund, subject to local securities laws.
Up to approximately 75% of a Fund’s investment capital is expected to be deployed for drilling and/or property acquisitions. Eagle will be entitled a management fee of 15% of subscriptions, which will be deducted from the capital contributions of the investor partners. Eagle will also be entitled to drilling compensation equal to 15% of the total well costs, including lease acquisition costs, and a monthly administrative fee equal to 1/12th of 2.5% of all capital raised, paid from the capital of the Fund. Eagle will also be reimbursed for direct costs allocable to the Fund, including specifically, Organization and Offering Costs. Organization and offering costs are not expected to exceed $25,000.
If a Fund’s revenues exceed its expenses, investors are expected to receive periodic distributions of the Fund’s cash profits. Eagle expects that cash distributions to the partners will begin approximately three months after the Fund acquires or drills, completes and hooks up its first producing well, and may be made as frequently as monthly thereafter, but in any event, no less than quarterly. The distribution amount will depend primarily on the Fund ‘s net cash receipts from oil and natural gas operations and will be affected, among other things, by the price of oil and natural gas and the level of production of the Fund’s properties.
There are restrictions in transferring ownership of units in the Fund; Ownership in the Fund is not a liquid investment. No public market for the units exists or is likely to develop. You should be fully aware of the long-term nature of an investment in the Fund. Investors will be required to represent that they are purchasing units in the Fund for their own account for investment purposes and not with a view toward resale or redistribution. The sale of the Fund units will not be registered under the Securities Act, and the units must be held indefinitely unless they are subsequently registered under the Securities Act (which is not expected) or unless an exemption from registration is available. Resale of the units under Rule 144 of the Securities Act within one year from the date they are fully paid will not be possible because of the absence of sufficient public information about the Partnership. Furthermore, you may not transfer your units except as expressly permitted in the Fund’s partnership agreement
Oil and gas direct investing offers many tax advantages that can help greatly enhance economics of an investment. The following information and Internet URL are provided for your convenience and should not be construed as tax advice from Eagle.
It is the responsibility of each PARTNER to investigate the tax consequences, under the laws of pertinent jurisdictions, of his or her investment in the FUND. THE ANALYSIS HEREIN IS NOT INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CAREFUL TAX PLANNING. ACCORDINGLY, EACH PROSPECTIVE INVESTOR IS URGED TO CONSULT WITH HIS OWN PERSONAL TAX ADVISOR CONCERNING (i) THE APPLICABILITY TO AND EFFECT ON HIM OF THE UNITED STATES INCOME TAX LAWS AND THEIR ADMINISTRATION, AND (ii) THE APPLICABILITY TO AND EFFECT ON HIM OF STATE, LOCAL AND FOREIGN TAX LAWS AND THEIR ADMINISTRATION. NO LAW FIRM OR ACCOUNTING FIRM HAS PROVIDED OR OTHERWISE Rendered an opinion on the FEDERAL, state, local or foreign tax consequences of an investment in THE FUND.
The Online U.S. Tax Code may be accessed at http://www.fourmilab.ch/ustax/ustax.html
Intangible Drilling Cost Tax Deduction
The intangible expenditures of drilling (labor, chemicals, mud, grease, etc.) are usually about (65 to 80%) of the cost of drilling an oil and/or gas well. These expenditures are considered “Intangible Drilling Cost (IDC)”, which may be 100% deductible during the first year for certain qualifying investors. For example, a $100,000 investment could yield up to $80,000 in IDC tax deductions during the first year of the venture. These deductions are generally available in the year the money was invested, even if the well does not start drilling until March 31 of the year following the contribution of capital. (See Section 263 of the Tax Code.)
Tangible Drilling Cost Tax Deduction
The total amount of the investment allocated to the equipment “Tangible Drilling Costs (TDC)” is 100% tax deductible. In the example above, the remaining tangible costs ($20,000) may be deducted as depreciation over a seven-year period. (See Section 263 of the Tax Code.)
Active vs. Passive Income
The Tax Reform Act of 1986 introduced into the Tax Code the concepts of “Passive” income and “Active” income. The Act prohibits the offsetting of losses from Passive activities against income from Active businesses. The Tax Code specifically states that a Working Interest in an oil and gas well is not a “Passive” Activity. (See Section 469(c)(3) of the Tax Code). As such, if the Fund owns one or more working interests in one or more oil or gas leases at any time during a tax year, individual investors that own general partnership interests directly or through entities that do not limit their liabilities with respect to their units should not be subject to the passive activity loss rules with respect to such working interests for the tax year. As a result, such investors should be able to utilize losses from the Fund from such working interests to offset future income from the Fund and their other so-called “active income” (e.g., salary) and “portfolio income” (e.g., dividends, interest and royalties not derived in the active conduct of a trade or business).
Small Producers Tax Exemption
The 1990 Tax Act provided some special tax advantages for small companies and individuals. This tax incentive, known as the “Percentage Depletion Allowance”, is specifically intended to encourage participation in oil and gas drilling. This tax benefit is not available to large oil companies, retail petroleum marketers, or refiners that process more than 50,000 barrels per day. It is also not available for entities owning more than 1,000 barrels of oil (or 6,000,000 cubic feet of gas) average daily production. The “Small Producers Exemption” allows 15% of the Gross Income (not Net Income) from an oil and gas producing property to be tax-free.
Lease costs (purchase of leases, minerals, etc.), sales expenses, legal expenses, administrative accounting, and Lease Operating Costs (LOC) are also 100% tax deductible through cost depletion.
At the expense of the Fund, Eagle will engage a certified public accountant to prepare the Fund’s annual income tax return and the return required by Internal Revenue Code section 6050K relating to sales and exchanges of interests in the Fund. Within a reasonable time after the close of each accounting year, Eagle will transmit to each person who was a partner during such accounting year a report (which may be in the form of Schedule K-1 to IRS Form 1065) indicating such person’s respective share of profits, losses and other federal income tax items, tax preference items and investment credits, if any, for such year. Eagle will also furnish to the Fund’s investor partners a report containing an overview of operations on at least an annual basis.
PPM is short for Private Placement Memorandum, which is a legal document that provides information on the investment program for which private investment is being solicited. The PPM typically includes a description of the “Source of Funds and Use of Proceeds,” (i.e. how exactly the fund’s capital is expected to be raised and invested), the investment fund’s proposed activities and business plan, the sponsor’s background and track record, specific and market-related risks associated with the investment, and a detailed description of the legal rights and responsibilities of the investors.
There are significant risks associated with oil and gas investments. One of the biggest risks is the fact that commodities pricing can be volatile. Cash flow potential varies according to two main variables: the amount of gas or oil that is produced and sold (if any) and the price that is received for the gas or oil. Both of these variables can fluctuate based on a range of different factors; for example, the price of oil can rise or fall dramatically due to political or economic issues, or even due to the weather.
Gas and oil wells are also depleting assets. The typical production life of an oil well could span between up to twenty and thirty years. Nevertheless, dry holes are possible and returns can decline after the first couple of years. Sometimes the property or wells are made ‘for sale’ a few years down the line, other times they might not be. If there is a proposed exit strategy for the investment that you are considering, it is important that you fully understand it.
As a working interest owner in the various properties in which it invests, the Fund is liable for the debts and obligations to third parties incurred by the operator in conducting operations on an oil and gas lease to the extent of their proportionate working interests. In general, the liability of an owner of a fractional undivided working interest includes contract liability, tort liability, special statutory liability and tax liability.
External political and external events also affect gas and oil availability and pricing. There are varying levels of risk among energy choices. You should consider all energy choices as high risk but royalty programs generally tend to be more conservative while experimental drilling programs are the most speculative. Drilling operations may also result in a dry hole, in which case all amounts invested in such operations could be lost.
It is important to remember that your risks are directly tied to those of the company that is in charge of managing your investment. You should therefore ensure that you know the history and background of this company and carry out due diligence before you opt to invest.