Welcome!

Apache Authors: Gilad Parann-Nissany, ChandraShekar Dattatreya, Michael Meiner, MC Brown, Amy Lindberg

News Feed Item

Mount Kellett Sends Letter to The Board of SandRidge Energy

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mount Kellett Capital Management LP ("Mount Kellett") today sent a letter to SandRidge Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: SD) ("SandRidge") Board of Directors outlining issues related to the company's management and strategic direction.  Full text of the letter follows:

November 15, 2012

SandRidge Energy Inc.
123 Robert S. Kerr Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Attn: Board of Directors

Dear Sirs,

Mount Kellett Capital Management LP ("Mount Kellett" or "we") is a multi-strategy private investment firm focused on global value, special situations and opportunistic investing. Mount Kellett and funds and accounts under common control collectively have beneficial ownership in SandRidge Energy Inc. ("SandRidge" or the "Company") of 22.2 million shares (the "Shares"), or approximately 4.5% of the Company's outstanding common stock. 

Mount Kellett originally invested in the Company's common stock in 2009 because we believed the Company was undervalued and possessed very valuable oil and gas assets that would generate tremendous future value if developed properly in a strategically consistent, systematic manner. Even today, as outlined in more detail below, we believe that – properly managed – the Company's assets are worth approximately $20 per share.  Unfortunately, all we see now are critical failures of management and Board oversight. SandRidge has not merely failed to even remotely maximize the potential of its assets, but it has destroyed stockholder value.  Just this year alone, the Company's stock price has plunged, down almost 40%.

Like other stockholders, we read with interest TPG-Axon's November 8th letter to you. Lest the Board believe that TPG-Axon's concerns are isolated ones, we are writing to add our views and be crystal clear that management and the Board cannot ignore the interests of the Company's stockholders any longer.

We strongly believe that Tom Ward should be replaced as Chairman and CEO with a seasoned executive who can restore the Company's credibility. In addition, we believe the Board should be strengthened by the addition of new, truly independent directors selected in consultation with the Company's largest stockholders.  In the interim, we urge the Board not to take any hasty strategic actions, such as the precipitous sale of the Permian assets, which will permanently impair stockholder value.  The Company has no immediate financing needs and there is no need to sell assets at fire-sale prices. The future direction of the Company should be properly and fully evaluated by a reconstituted Board and management team.  All options should be explored, including a potential sale of the entire Company or a more limited divestiture of ill-fitting assets, such as Dynamic Offshore.

Our valuation of the Company of at least $20 per share is supported by the following:

Mississippian  
In the Company's Mississippian play, we believe the Company's original 750,000 acres to be worth approximately $6,800/acre on a developed basis.  Further, we believe the 1,000,000 excess acres in the extension of the Mississippian play into Kansas to be worth approximately $2,500/acre based on comparable transactions.  In total, the Company's Mississippian assets could represent an approximate $8 billion asset.

Permian  
The Company's Permian assets, pre-royalty trust interests, are worth up to $4 billion, based on Apache's purchase of BP's Permian assets in 2010, at approximately $22/boe when oil was at $75-$80 per barrel.  The Company's own reported PV-10 of its Permian assets is approximately $4 billion.  Additionally, we believe that if the Company were to continue to monetize portions of its Permian assets through a royalty trust structure, such as the SandRidge Permian Trust ("PER") or a Master Limited Partnership ("MLP") structure, the Company would continue to realize premium valuations for these assets.  

Other Assets  
We estimate the Company's other production, undeveloped proved reserves, undeveloped acreage and Gulf of Mexico assets are worth $3.6 billion. In addition, the Company has other assets that have not been properly highlighted. 

  • Mississippian Infrastructure - The Company has invested huge amounts of capital to develop the water disposal and electrical infrastructure necessary for future Mississippian development.  This front loading of infrastructure has increased the value of the Company's Mississippian assets, providing the Company with a competitive advantage on its acreage and should enable the Company to accelerate development over the coming years.  We commend the Company's operations team for successfully managing such a large and complex project.  We estimate that the Company has spent approximately $500 million in mid-stream infrastructure, gathering system and salt water disposal wells in this area. We believe these assets could ultimately have tremendous value to an MLP buyer who would be willing to pay a multiple of in-place cost, especially with the prospect of attracting third party volumes as the play continues to develop. 
  • Mississippian Drilling Carry - By our calculations, at year-end the Company will have approximately $650 million of drilling carry remaining in the Mississippian.
  • Pinon Field - The Company's Pinon field in the West Texas Overthrust, while of little value today, should have tremendous value in a higher natural gas environment or in the hands of the right buyer.

Overall, we believe SandRidge's Net Asset Value to be approximately $16.5 billion (assuming the mid-stream assets at cost), prior to net debt and royalty trust minority interest. 

So, given these values, why is the stock trading at $5.19 per share on November 14, 2012?

The answer is clear.  The Company's fundamental problems stem from the failure of management and the Board to adhere to some of the most basic tenets of managing a publicly traded company:

  • Follow a consistent strategy – Instead, the Company has  shifted its strategy with alarming frequency, sometimes seemingly on a quarter-by-quarter basis;
  • Allocate capital properly – Poor capital allocation decisions have led not only to stockholder dilution but diversion of management time and resources from the development of core assets;
  • Insure management credibility – To the contrary, the management team has consistently overpromised and underperformed; and
  • Align management compensation with stockholder success – As the stockholders have suffered, the CEO, other top executives and Board members have been richly rewarded through restricted stock grants that have significant value even if the Company's stock fails to appreciate in value.

In conclusion, SandRidge has great assets and should be a great company, but it is clear that it will not be without changes at the top.  We would prefer that the Board take the initiative and work in consultation with major stockholders to make the necessary changes.  Of course, if that does not happen, the stockholders will have no choice but to take the necessary actions to protect their investment.

We are hopeful that the Board understands the gravity of the situation and that the Board can and will do the right thing.  As always, we are available to discuss issues relevant to SandRidge at your convenience.

 

Very truly yours,




MOUNT KELLETT CAPITAL
MANAGEMENT LP






By:

(sig.)


Name:  Jonathan Fiorello


Title:  Chief Operating Officer




 

About Mount Kellett Capital Management LP  
Mount Kellett is a multi-strategy private investment firm focused on global value, special situations and opportunistic investing. The firm has approximately 115 employees with offices in New York, Dallas, Hong Kong, London, and Mumbai. The firm currently has in excess of $7 billion in assets under management.

SOURCE Mount Kellett Capital Management LP

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will want to use their existing identities, but these will have credentials already that are (hopefully) i...
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people's real needs and desires.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series data. By focusing on enterprise applications and the data center, he will use OpenTSDB as an example t...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect at Hookflash, will walk through the shifting landscape of traditional telephone and voice services ...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. According to a recent IDG Research Services Survey this rate of traffic will only grow. What's driving t...
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps, abiding by privacy concerns and making the concept a reality. These challenges can't be addressed w...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, described how to revolutioniz...
Bit6 today issued a challenge to the technology community implementing Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC). To leap beyond WebRTC’s significant limitations and fully leverage its underlying value to accelerate innovation, application developers need to consider the entire communications ecosystem.
The definition of IoT is not new, in fact it’s been around for over a decade. What has changed is the public's awareness that the technology we use on a daily basis has caught up on the vision of an always on, always connected world. If you look into the details of what comprises the IoT, you’ll see that it includes everything from cloud computing, Big Data analytics, “Things,” Web communication, applications, network, storage, etc. It is essentially including everything connected online from hardware to software, or as we like to say, it’s an Internet of many different things. The difference ...
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
Technology is enabling a new approach to collecting and using data. This approach, commonly referred to as the "Internet of Things" (IoT), enables businesses to use real-time data from all sorts of things including machines, devices and sensors to make better decisions, improve customer service, and lower the risk in the creation of new revenue opportunities. In his General Session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Dave Wagstaff, Vice President and Chief Architect at BSQUARE Corporation, discuss the real benefits to focus on, how to understand the requirements of a successful solution, the flow of ...
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, and physical persons. In the IoT vision, every new "thing" - sensor, actuator, data source, data con...