Mammoth Energy Statement On PREPA Entering Settlement Agreement With Whitefish Energy Holdings
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mammoth Energy Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUSK) ("Mammoth" or the "Company") today issued the following statement in response to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA") entering into a settlement agreement with Whitefish Energy Holdings, LLC ("Whitefish") for compensation owed for services rendered in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Arty Straehla, Chief Executive Officer of Mammoth, commented "While it is certainly encouraging PREPA has begun addressing amounts owed to post-bankruptcy creditors, Mammoth's subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions LLC ("Cobra") is owed more than three times the amount owed to Whitefish for our work restoring electricity for the island of Puerto Rico. It has been nearly five years since Hurricane Maria, and nearly three years since Cobra completed its work, which has stood the test of time during subsequent natural disasters. We are proud of our work, and fully expect to be compensated for our efforts. It is clear the time for talk is over, and the time for action is now. We have been fully cooperative throughout this process, providing every piece of requested documentation. PREPA is running out of excuses for its refusal to pay, and if they continue to drag their feet, we believe it will further impact their ability to exit from bankruptcy."
Following Hurricane Maria (September 2017) in Puerto Rico and its complete destruction of the island's power grid, Mammoth, through Cobra, was awarded an initial $200 million restoration contract in 2017. Through five separate amendments to the original contract, the aggregate contract amount was eventually increased to $945 million. PREPA awarded a second contract of up to $900 million to Cobra in response to a Request for Proposals ("RFP") process.
As of February 28, 2022, Mammoth, through Cobra, is owed $344 million including $117 million in interest charges, as specified in the contract, on remaining invoices for work Cobra completed nearly three years ago.
Mammoth Energy Services, Inc.
Mammoth is an integrated, growth-oriented energy services company focused on the construction and repair of the electric grid for private utilities, public investor-owned utilities and co-operative utilities through its infrastructure services businesses. The Company also provides products and services to enable the exploration and development of North American onshore unconventional oil and natural gas reserves. Mammoth's suite of services and products include: infrastructure services, well completion services, natural sand and proppant services, drilling services and other energy services. For more information, please visit www.mammothenergy.com.
Mark Layton, CFO
Mammoth Energy Services, Inc
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Dennard Lascar Investor Relations
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Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, related global and national health concerns and economic repercussions and the resulting negative impact on demand for our services; the volatility of oil and natural gas prices and actions by OPEC members and other exporting nations affecting commodities prices and production levels; the impact of the current Russian/Ukrainian military conflict on the global energy and capital markets and global stability; operational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, including logistical challenges, protecting the health and well-being of our employees, remote work arrangements, performance of contracts and supply chain disruptions; the outcome of ongoing government investigations and other legal proceedings, including those relating to the contracts awarded to the Company's subsidiary Cobra Acquisitions LLC ("Cobra") by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ("PREPA"); the failure to receive or delays in receiving governmental authorizations, approvals and/or payments, including payments with respect to the PREPA account receivable for prior services to PREPA performed by Cobra; the Company's inability to replace the prior levels of work in its business segments, including its infrastructure and well completion services segments; risks relating to economic conditions; whether a federal infrastructure bill is implemented and the terms thereof; the loss of or interruption in operations of one or more of Mammoth's significant suppliers or customers; the loss of management and/or crews; the outcome or settlement of our litigation matters, including the adverse impact of the recent settlements with Gulfport Energy Corporation and MasTec Renewables Puerto Rico, LLC, and the effect on our financial condition and results of operations; the effects of government regulation, permitting and other legal requirements; operating risks; the adequacy of capital resources and liquidity; Mammoth's ability to continue to comply with, or if applicable, obtain a waiver of forecasted or actual noncompliance with certain financial covenants and comply with other terms and conditions under our recently amended revolving credit facility; weather; natural disasters; litigation; volatility in commodity markets; competition in the oil and natural gas and infrastructure industries; and costs and availability of resources.
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Released March 4, 2022