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Chesapeake looking at alternatives for service company

Chesapeake Energy Corp. is exploring the possible sale of its oil-field service company.
Published: February 25, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Corp. could spin-off or sell its oil-field service company, the Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer said Monday.

Officials said subsidiary Chesapeake Oilfield Services, led by CEO Jerry Winchester, is well-positioned to stand on its own.

Chesapeake Oilfield Services, which brought in about $2.2 billion in revenue last year, offers drilling, hydraulic fracturing, oilfield rentals rig relocation, and fluid handling and disposal. Companies like Nomac Drilling LLC, Performance Technologies LLC, Great Plains Oilfield Rental LLC and Hodges Trucking LLC operate under its umbrella.

Chesapeake filed a registration statement in April 2012 to lay the groundwork for its subsidiary to become a publicly traded company, using the ticker symbol “COS.”

“COS is an outstanding business with a talented management team that we believe will offer Chesapeake and its shareholders enhanced return opportunities as a stand-alone company,” Chesapeake CEO Doug Lawler said in Monday’s release. “It has provided, and will continue to provide, superior service to Chesapeake’s upstream business, and we look forward to maintaining our close and valuable relationship with Jerry and his team as they pursue COS’ ventures outside of Chesapeake.

“A separation of COS is aligned with our strategies of financial discipline and profitable and efficient growth from captured resources.”

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