Mammoth Energy Service, Inc. Announces Closing of Chieftain Sand Acquisition
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mammoth Energy Service, Inc. ("Mammoth", the "Company" or “We”) (NASDAQ:TUSK) announced that it closed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Chieftain Sand and Proppant, LLC for $36 million in cash, including closing adjustments, on May 26, 2017.
Arty Straehla, Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The acquisition of the Chieftain assets was strategic for Mammoth as we now have access to the Union Pacific railway with unit train capabilities, which provides a low cost solution to move sand into the Mid-continent, in support of our pressure pumping operations in the area, and into the Texas markets where there remains significant demand for high quality sand. We intend to restart the dry plant in the coming weeks with the restart of the wet plant in the coming months once selective upgrades are performed. Mammoth expects to have nearly four million tons per year of processing capacity and approximately 75 million tons of estimated sand reserves once it closes the acquisition of Taylor Frac, which is expected to occur in early June.”
Key Highlights of the Chieftain Transaction:
The assets acquired from Chieftain included a wet and dry plant located on approximately 600 acres in New Auburn, Wisconsin. JT Boyd, a leading mining and geologic consultant, recently completed an analysis of the reserves in place which found an estimated 38 million tons of useable frac sands present on the parcels acquired from Chieftain, up from a previously estimated 30 million tons. The Northern White Wonewoc frac sand meets or exceeds API standards including turbidity, roundness, sphericity and crush resistance. Fine grade sands represent approximately 70% of the reserves in place.
Over the past two months, Mammoth conducted an evaluation of the Chieftain facility, and now that the transaction has closed, we intend to work quickly to hire staff, restart the dry plant and begin selling sand. The evaluation of the wet plant yielded several ways to modernize and upgrade the facility to more efficiently process fine grade sands. These enhancements should increase the profitability of the plant and reduce costs over time. We estimate that it will take approximately two months to complete these upgrades to the wet plant and restart the facility with minimal costs.
To fund the $36 million purchase price of the acquisition, Mammoth used cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. At the end of 1Q 2017, we had total liquidity of $156 million including $12 million in cash and availability of $144 million under our credit facility which was undrawn.
About Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.
Mammoth is an integrated, growth-oriented oilfield service company serving companies engaged in the exploration and development of North American onshore unconventional oil and natural gas reserves. Mammoth’s suite of services includes pressure pumping services, well services, natural sand proppant services, contract land and directional drilling services and other energy services. Other energy services currently consists primarily of remote accommodation services. For additional information about Mammoth, please visit our website at www.mammothenergy.com, where we routinely post announcements, updates, events, investor information and presentations and recent news releases. Information on our website is not part of this news release.
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Contact: Mammoth Energy Services, Inc., Attention: Don Crist, 14201 Caliber Drive, Suite 300, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73134, tel: 405-608-6048
Released May 26, 2017