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March 17, 2014
09:02 EDTCHKChesapeake files Form 10 statement for possible spin-off of COS
Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced that Chesapeake Oilfield Operating, L.L.C., its wholly owned subsidiary, has filed a Registration Statement on Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. COO currently conducts the operations of Chesapeake’s oilfield services division, Chesapeake Oilfield Services. The Form 10 contains a preliminary information statement about the potential terms and conditions of a spin-off of COO to Chesapeake Energy Corporation shareholders. It also provides initial information regarding COO as a stand-alone company, including financial, business, risk factor and management information. Immediately prior to completion of the possible spin-off, COO will convert into a corporation and change its name to Seventy Seven Energy Inc. Chesapeake intends for the spin-off to be tax-free to its shareholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes, other than with respect to any cash received in lieu of fractional shares. To that end, Chesapeake has obtained a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service and expects to obtain an opinion of tax counsel regarding the tax treatment of the spin-off. Chesapeake has retained Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as its financial advisor in connection with evaluating strategic alternatives for COS.
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July 29, 2014
10:03 EDTCHKChesapeake PRB swap, Utica buyback positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the Powder River Basin asset swap that Chesapeake executed and its plans to repurchase preferred shares of its Utica subsidiary as positives for the company, as the swap provides it with a more concentrated, high-quality acreage position and the repurchase simplifies its capital structure. However, the firm noted that the company's Q2 pricing update brings down its EPS estimate for the quarter by 4c. Wells maintains its Market Perform rating on the stock.
08:18 EDTCHKChesapeake sees Q2 realized NGL price ex-items $21.03 per barrel
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08:12 EDTCHKChesapeake agrees to repurchase all outstanding preferred shares of CHK Utica
Chesapeake also announced that it has agreed in principle to repurchase all of the outstanding preferred shares of its unrestricted subsidiary, CHK Utica from third-party preferred shareholders. Under the agreement, Chesapeake will pay approximately $1.26B to repurchase 1,060,000 preferred shares of CHK Utica. The proposed transaction, which is expected to close today, will retire Chesapeake’s highest cost leverage instrument and eliminate approximately $75M in annual cash dividend payments to third-party preferred shareholders. Chesapeake plans to fund the cash portion of the RKI acreage exchange and the repurchase of the CHK Utica preferred shares with available liquidity, including nearly $1.5B of unrestricted cash held on its balance sheet as of June 30. Chesapeake continues to refine its portfolio to focus on assets that best align with the company’s strategy of profitable growth from captured resources and expects to close additional sales of noncore assets, including non-E&P assets, by the end of 2014.
08:11 EDTCHKChesapeake announces exchange agreement with RKI Exploration
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July 20, 2014
11:58 EDTCHKCaterpillar, five others should benefit from global recovery, Barron's says
Caterpillar (CAT), Teradata (TDC), Kennametal (KMT), Capital One Financial (COF), T. Rowe Price Group (TROW), and Chesapeake Energy (CHK) are all relatively cheap and should benefit from global recovery, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link

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