Chaparral Energy Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Tuesday, May 10th 2016, 10:48 am
By: News 9

Chaparral Energy LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

The company announced on Monday that it has voluntarily filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Delaware. The Chapter 11 filing will facilitate the restructuring of the company’s balance sheet, as it continues to work through negotiations of a debt to equity exchange with its bondholders and lenders with the objective of reducing its bondholder debt by about $1.2 billion.

In a news release, officials with the company said the dramatic decrease in oil and natural gas prices over the last two years has presented numerous challenges for the industry as a whole. 

“The continued depressed price environment, however, coupled with our existing debt levels have severely limited the company’s overall operational ability,” said Chief Executive Office Mark Fischer. “By significantly reducing our debt and restructuring our balance sheet, Chaparral will be better positioned to not only weather this down environment, but also increase our long-term financial security and better position us for long-term success.”

Chaparral officials said they have filed a series of motions with the court that, when granted, will enable the company to maintain its operations as usual, without interruption throughout the restructuring process. Included in these first day motions are requests to continue to pay employee wages, honor existing employee benefit programs and pay royalties to mineral owners under the terms of the applicable agreements.

The company has also filed motions seeking authority to pay expenses associated with production operations and drilling and completion activities, as well as costs associated with gathering, processing, transportation, marketing and those related to joint interest billing for non-operated properties.

Court filings and additional restructuring information is available on the company’s website. Chaparral has also set up a toll-free hotline to answer employee, vendor and royalty owner questions, which is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time at 888-830-4659 (internationally at 310-751-2644).