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Chesapeake sells stake in Chaparral

Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Friday it has sold its stake in Chaparral Energy for $215 million.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: January 18, 2014
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Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Friday it has sold its 20 percent stake in Oklahoma City oil and natural gas company Chaparral Energy Inc. to an undisclosed buyer for $215 million.

The transaction closed Monday.

As a result of the sale, Domenic J. Dell'Osso, Chesapeake's chief financial officer, has resigned as a Chaparral director.

“This sale demonstrates the continued refinement and focus of our portfolio around core assets and continues our strategy of reducing financial complexity,” Dell'Osso said in a statement Friday.

Chesapeake paid $178 million in 2006 for the 20 percent stake in Chaparral. In April 2013, a Wells Fargo report valued the stake at $280 million.

This week's sales price of $215 million values Chaparral at more than $1 billion. Chaparral CEO Mark Fischer said he thinks the company is worth more than that.

“I would have loved to have bought it at that amount,” Fischer said. “That represents the strong desire by Chesapeake to sell. I can appreciate that. That value is relatively low as far as an enterprise or even equity value of the company.”

Still, Fischer said he is pleased the uncertainty is over two years after Chesapeake announced plans to sell the stake.

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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Chaparral promotes two

Chaparral Energy Inc. on Friday promoted two executives.

K. Earl Reynolds is now president and chief operating officer. He previously served as chief operating officer and executive vice president. Reynolds joined Chaparral after serving 10 years at Devon Energy Corp., where he was involved in strategic planning and internal operations.

“Earl has made significant contributions to our success and growth since joining the company in February 2011 and has been instrumental in transitioning the company to an active driller in horizontal resource plays,” CEO Mark Fischer said. “I have no doubt that his leadership will continue to serve as a springboard to facilitate continued growth in the years ahead.”

Also Friday, Richard Parma was named vice president of corporate reserves and GIS. He previously was associate vice president. Parma joined Chaparral in 2009 from Edge Petroleum Corp.

“Rich's knowledge base in petroleum engineering, reserves management and technology management has enhanced our capital allocation and reserve estimation processes,” Fischer said.

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